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  • Last updated: 27 Feb 2019

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

  • Last updated: 13 Jun 2016

    A landmark human rights case that looks at how an autistic man was deprived of his liberty and his foster carers were unable to see him.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 19 Feb 2019

    The Commission has produced guidance which explains how equality and human rights law applies and operates during an election period.

  • Everything you need to know about your human rights and how they are protected.

  • Last updated: 16 May 2016

    Comprehensive overview of what human rights are, how they are applied and enforced and the effects they have on our daily lives.

  • Last updated: 13 Sep 2017

    Secondary education resources, focusing on human rights featuring comprehensive case studies and examples.

  • Last updated: 18 Apr 2019

    The following is a selection of books and journal articles on human rights and the Human Rights Act 1998.

  • Last updated: 14 Apr 2016

    Frequently asked questions on our inquiry into human trafficking

  • Last updated: 05 May 2016

    This is a follow-up report to our 2015 inquiry into non-natural deaths of adults with mental health conditions who were detained in prisons, police custody or psychiatric hospitals between 2010-13

  • Last updated: 03 Nov 2016

    Dial House is an innovative voluntary sector initiative that provides support to those experiencing a mental health crisis.

  • Last updated: 15 Nov 2017

    Links to the Preventing Deaths in Detention of Adults with Mental Health Conditions inquiry reports and recommendations.

  • Last updated: 05 Dec 2017

    Background information on our Adult Death Inquiry and links to related work.

  • Last updated: 15 Nov 2018

    Article 14 requires that all of the rights and freedoms set out in the Act must be protected and applied without discrimination.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 11 Apr 2016

    In this section you can find practical action you can take, If you feel that your human rights have been breached.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 11 Mar 2019

    The first thing to do if you think your human rights have been breached is to talk to someone else about the problem. We give advice on how to take informal action as well as going down the legal route.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 18 Apr 2019

    The Act applies to all public bodies and private organisations that are carrying out public functions.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 19 Feb 2019

    Many complaints about human rights in Britain never reach a court and It’s often best to explore other options before considering legal action.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 19 Feb 2019

    We give an overview on what will happen if you decide to take a case to court under the Human Rights Act and what could happen if you win.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 19 Feb 2019

    If you cannot resolve your difference with the public authority concerned then there are a range of individuals and organisations that you can contact and may be able to help.

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    First Published: 01 Jul 2010

    In the UK, international human rights conventions, such as CEDAW and its supplementary treaty, the Optional Protocol, can seem far removed from the daily realities of women’s and girls’ lives, especially as we have a range of domestic measures in place to promote and enforce equality between women and men. However, as women’s rights advocates in other countries have already shown, international conventions like CEDAW can offer very useful and practical tools for challenging discrimination against women and gender inequality.

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