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  • The Human Rights Act

    Last updated: 29 Jan 2018

    The Human Rights Act allows you to defend your rights in UK courts and ensures that public organisations respect and protect your human rights.

  • Our human rights work

    Last updated: 31 Aug 2017

    The Commission carries out a range of work to promote awreness, understanding and protection of human rights. We also encourage public auhtorities to cmply with the Human Rights Act.

  • Last updated: 03 May 2016

    The United Nations first accredited the Commission as an ‘A’ status National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) in 2009. We became Great Britain’s first accredited NHRI and the UK’s second - joining the Northern Ireland Human Rights Institution which was awarded ‘A’ status in 2006. The UN r...

  • Last updated: 16 May 2016

    This is where you can read about the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions' (ENNHRI) Legal Working Group.

  • Last updated: 04 May 2016

    The Commission has a range of human rights legal powers available to it, including judicial review, interventions and inquiries.

  • Last updated: 21 Feb 2018

    One of the Commission’s core tasks as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) is to monitor the UK’s compliance with the seven United Nations (UN) human rights treaties it has signed and ratified.

  • FAQ

    Last updated: 11 Dec 2017

    The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is an international human rights treaty adopted by the UN in 1966. It is one of the two treaties that give legal force to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • Human Rights

    Last updated: 07 Sep 2017

    This treaty covers the rights of all people to enjoy civil, political, economic and social rights, without discrimination on grounds of race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin.

  • Last updated: 05 May 2016

    The Commission launched its Human Rights Inquiry to find out how human rights work in Britain. This was the most comprehensive research undertaken in the 10 years since the Human Rights Act became law.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 02 Nov 2016

    Read about the Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessment Project that's part of the Scotland public sector equality duty

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 08 May 2017

    This section contains online video resources about Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 08 Apr 2016

    This section contains online video resources about Equality and justiciability in the context of international human rights law.

  • Last updated: 20 Mar 2018

    This section contains an overview of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Scotland.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 09 Jun 2016

    This guide explains what human rights are and the human rights framework in the UK

  • Multipage Guide

    Last updated: 13 Apr 2016

    Case studies from regulators, inspectorates and ombudsmen on putting human rights into practice

  • Multipage Guide

    Last updated: 15 Apr 2016

    This case study shows how a particular aspect of human rights has influenced a range of initiatives across one RIO

  • Multipage Guide

    Last updated: 13 Apr 2016

    These two case studies show how RIOs have used the human rights framework when investigating individual complaints.

  • Multipage Guide

    Last updated: 15 Apr 2016

    The following case studies illustrate, human rights can help determine if or what sort of enforcement action is appropriate and proportionate in individual circumstances. 

  • Multipage Guide

    Last updated: 13 Apr 2016

    The following case study shows how RIOs can encourage service improvements which better protect individual rights and reduce the likelihood of breaches occurring in the future.

  • Multipage Guide

    Last updated: 13 Apr 2016

    As the following case studies show, embedding a human rights approach into the analysis of issues can be an effective way to produce concrete recommendations or outcomes that can have real benefits for individuals.

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