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  • What are human rights?

    Last updated: 19 Jun 2019

    Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to all of us, from birth until death. We explore where they come from and how they can help you.

  • The Human Rights Act

    Last updated: 15 Nov 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.

  • Exercising your human rights

    Last updated: 06 Aug 2018

    We advise how people what they need to do if their human rights have been breached and they want to take action.

  • Our human rights work

    Last updated: 09 Oct 2019

    We work to promote awareness, understanding and protection of human rights. We also encourage public authorities to comply with the Human Rights Act.

  • News

    Published: 01 Mar 2019

    A legal inquiry into whether people with mental health conditions, cognitive impairments and conditions including autism are experiencing discrimination in the criminal justice system is launched today.

  • News

    Published: 13 Mar 2019

    Local authorities and public services failed their human rights obligations to protect life and provide safe housing - we have confirmed in a report submitted to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

  • publication download

    First Published: 20 Mar 2019

    Our human rights framework on restraint covers principles for the lawful use of physical, chemical, mechanical and coercive restrictive interventions.

  • publication download

    First Published: 27 Jun 2019

    This briefing highlights some of our concerns about the government's current approach to Sustainable Development Goal implementation.

  • publication download

    First Published: 20 Sep 2019

    Our concerns about the UK government’s approach to the Universal Periodic Review (a process to review human rights).

  • News

    Published: 09 Oct 2019

    A tool to make the UK’s human rights records transparent, and the Government accountable, launches today.

  • Blog

    Published: 05 Nov 2019

    Rachel Thomas, Head of Policy and Public Affairs for the Children's Commissioner for Wales, talks about how she will us the new human rights tracker tool.

  • 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: 14 Oct 2019

    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.

  • Human Rights

    Last updated: 30 Oct 2019

    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: 21 Jan 2020

    This treaty sets out what human rights mean in the context of disability. It represents a major step towards realising the right of disabled people to be treated as full and equal citizens.

  • 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: 19 Feb 2019

    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: 27 Feb 2019

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

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