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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.

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    First Published: 13 Mar 2019

    This report presents the lived experience of people who were affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower.

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    First Published: 20 Mar 2019

    Our human rights framework on restraint covers principles for the lawful use of physical, chemical, mechanical and coercive restrictive interventions.

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    First Published: 07 May 2019

    We outline our recommendations to the UK government regarding UK compliance with the Convention Against Torture (CAT).

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    First Published: 27 Jun 2019

    This briefing highlights some of our concerns about the government's current approach to Sustainable Development Goal implementation.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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: 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.

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