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Human rights in Wales

What are Human Rights?

Human Rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world.

Ideas about human rights have evolved over many centuries. But they achieved strong international support following the Holocaust and World War II. To protect future generations from a repeat of these horrors, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. For the first time, the Universal Declaration set out the fundamental rights and freedoms shared by all human beings.

How do Human Rights help you?

Human Rights are based on core principles like dignity, fairness, equality, respect and autonomy. They are relevant to your day-to-day life and protect your freedom to control your own life, effectively take part in decisions made by public authorities which impact upon your rights and get fair and equal services from public authorities.

Annual Human Rights Lecture

Each year the Commission in Wales holds a Human Rights Lecture which explores current human rights issues in Wales.

2016 - Migrants to Wales - What about Human Rights by Reverend Aled Edwards 

This lecture highlighted the experiences of asylum seekers, migrants and refugees in Wales and across the world in relation to the protection and promotion of human rights. Read more and watch the lecture. 

2015 - Islamophobia: a human rights perspective by Dr Chris Allen

The lecture explored the scale and impact of Islamophobia in Wales and how this relates to the Human Rights Act. 

Human Rights Roundtable Report

The Commission in Wales produced a report based on the human rights roundtable discussion held in partnership by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Children's Commissioner for Wales and the Older People's Commissioner for Wales (July 15, 2014). The meeting's focus was on establishing what has worked well, and what hasn't, in efforts to take forward human rights in Wales since devolution.

Download the report in Word.