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  • 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: 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: 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.

  • 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.

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