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  • Last updated: 15 Nov 2018

    This basic human right that no one should be subject to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment. Public authorities should also protect people from this treatment.

  • Last updated: 15 Nov 2018

    This right protects people from unreasonable detention. There are restrictions to this right, for example when you have been found guilty of a crime and sent to prison.

  • Last updated: 15 Nov 2018

    The right to a fair trial is fundamental to the rule of law and democracy. It ensures that everyone has the right to a fair trial if they are charged with a criminal offence.

  • Last updated: 15 Nov 2018

    No punishment without law means you can't be charged with a criminal offence for an action that was not a crime when you committed it. Public authorities must explain what counts as a criminal offence.

  • Last updated: 15 Nov 2018

    Everyone has the right to respect for his of her private and family life, home and correspondence. Public authorities can interfere with this if it lawful, necessary and proportionate.

  • Last updated: 15 Nov 2018

    People have the right to freedom of thought, belief and religion. It includes the right to change your religion or beliefs at any time. You also have the right to put your thoughts and beliefs into action.

  • Last updated: 14 Nov 2019

    Freedom of expression gives you the right to hold your own opinions and to express them freely without interference, although you also have a duty to behave responsibly and to respect other people’s rights.

  • Last updated: 15 Nov 2018

    Freedom of assembly and association protects your right to protest by holding meetings and demonstrations with other people. You also have the right to form and be part of a trade union and political party.

  • Last updated: 15 Nov 2018

    Everyone has the right to marry and start a family but this right is subject to the laws of the country, including those that make it illegal between certain groups of people.

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    First Published: 11 May 2018

    Report on accessible and adaptable housing for disabled people in Scotland, setting out the challenges they face and our recommendations for the Scottish Government.

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    Published: 11 May 2018

    Scotland’s disabled people are being failed by government policy and local government inaction, which leaves thousands with no decent home to live in, says an inquiry into disabled people’s housing

  • Last updated: 15 Nov 2018

    This right ensures you can enjoy your own property peacefully. This can mean where you live, your possessions and certain types of financial benefits.

  • Last updated: 21 Dec 2018

    This protects your right to an effective education but the courts have ruled that this right relates to an education system that already exists. So government isn't required to subsidise specific types of education.

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    Published: 31 May 2018

    We issued a statement in support of the launch of Lord Bracadale’s review of hate crime legislation in Scotland

  • Last updated: 15 Nov 2018

    This right requires governments to support your right to free expression by holding free elections at reasonable intervals. These elections must enable you to vote in secret.

  • Last updated: 15 Nov 2018

    This right abolishes the death penalty in all circumstances. This includes crimes committed during a war or when the threat of war is imminent. The UK ratified this Protocol in 2002.

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    First Published: 10 Jul 2010

    The Commission's Annual Report and Accounts for 2008 - 2009.

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    First Published: 04 Jun 2013

    The 2013 to 2014 Business Plan is the second annual corporate plan under which the Commission will deliver the priorities set out in our 2012 to 2015 strategic plan.

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    First Published: 01 Nov 2014

    Understanding what governments need to do to advance women's rights in Great Britain Developed with the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations – the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women – is the United Nations’ international Bill of Rights for women.

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    First Published: 31 Oct 2011

    This report sets out our specific concerns about human rights in home care for older people and our recommendations.

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