Our human rights work
In this section you can read about the work we do on human rights issues.
- Our human rights work
- Our role as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI)
- Monitoring and promoting UN treaties
- Our statements to UN Human Rights Council
- Universal Periodic Review
- Human rights and business
- Human rights inquiry 2009
- Human rights in health and social care
- What does Brexit mean for equality and human rights in the UK?
Human rights tracker launched
The human rights tracker is an online tool to help you track how well the UK is putting its human rights duties into practice. Find out how we monitor human rights, which international standards the UK has to meet, and search the UN’s most recent recommendations.
We operate independently to strengthen human rights protection and equality legislation, including:
promoting awareness, understanding and protection of human rights
encouraging public authorities to comply with the Human Rights Act
protecting those most at risk of human rights abuses
The way we do this includes:
challenging government and public service providers if they breach human rights, using our legal powers
monitoring the human rights situation in Britain, then reporting our findings and recommendations to the UN, the government and Parliament
reporting on Britain’s progress in protecting equality and human rights as part of our duty under the Equality Act 2006
Our work with the United Nations (UN)
We promote, monitor and report on seven UN treaties signed by the UK – an important part of our role as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI).
As part of this process, we give statements to influence the UK government on various human rights issues.
Last updated: 09 Oct 2019