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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.

  • 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: 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.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 19 Feb 2019

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

  • Last updated: 27 Feb 2019

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

  • 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: 18 Apr 2019

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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