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  • 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: 07 Apr 2016

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

  • 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: 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.

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 04 May 2016

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

  • Advice and Guidance

    Last updated: 04 May 2016

    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: 09 Aug 2017

    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: 18 Jul 2016

    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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • News

    Published: 17 Dec 2015

    The Chairs and Chief Executives of the National Human Rights Institutions for Ireland, Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Scotland met on 2 December to share progress and discuss future collaboration.

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