Your rights

The human rights act is for everyone

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms all people should be guaranteed.

They are universal, apply equally to everyone and are founded on the principle of dignity for every human being.

Human rights were first recognised internationally by the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in 1948, in the aftermath of the Second World War. This was quickly followed by the adoption, two years later, of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Human Rights Act makes the rights and freedoms in the European Convention on Human Rights directly enforceable in the UK.

It means you can defend your rights in UK courts and it compels public organisations – like the Government, police and local councils – to treat everyone equally, with fairness, dignity and respect.

Find out more about your rights and how the Human Rights Act protects them.

Find out more about the Human Rights Act
Without the Human Rights Act and Article 2, a new inquest into the Hillsborough disaster may never have happened and the families and survivors of Hillsborough would never have got the justice they deserved.
Without the Human Rights Act and Article 2, a new inquest into the Hillsborough disaster may never have happened and the families and survivors of Hillsborough would never have got the justice they deserved.

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