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Human rights review 2012

Our landmark review

In 2012, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published a landmark review of Britain’s success in meeting its human rights obligations under the European Convention of Human Rights. It was the first review of its kind since the Human Rights Act came into force in 2000 and applied the Convention rights to our domestic law.

You can read the Human Rights Review 2012 full report or the Executive Summary.

Our report set out the rights and freedoms protected in the Convention, and assessed to what extent each was enjoyed by people living in Britain. The review:

  • explained how the protection of human rights in Britain has been strengthened by law, policy and practice
  • highlighted areas where public authorities needed to do better to meet their obligations, and
  • provided a benchmark on which to base future progress.

The review used evidence to identify the following 10 areas where legislation, institutions, policy or services could protect human rights more effectively.

  • health and social care
  • children in the justice system
  • police custody and prisons - support for vulnerable adults
  • investigations into deaths in custody
  • legal aid provision
  • protection of the right to a private life
  • human rights of some groups
  • counter-terrorism and public order legislation
  • torture allegations
  • immigration procedures and detention

The Commission has taken forward this work into Is Britain Fairer? (2015) which integrates equalities and human rights monitoring.

Last updated: 24 Jun 2016