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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • FAQ

    Last updated: 12 Mar 2020

    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: 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: 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.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 21 Feb 2020

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

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 19 Feb 2020

    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: 21 Feb 2020

    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.

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