Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms which everyone is
entitled to. We are all entitled to human rights in order to
live with dignity.
Human rights belong to everyone, everywhere, regardless of
nationality, sexuality, gender, race, religion or age. The
foundation of modern human rights is the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights (UDHR). The 30 articles of the Declaration
were adopted in 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly, and
over time these have been integrated into national laws and
international treaties. The core values of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) - human dignity, fairness,
equality, non-discrimination - apply to everyone, everywhere.
The Human Rights
Act 1998 makes it unlawful for a public authority (such as a
local authority or a court) to act, or fail to act, in a way that
is incompatible with a Convention right, all public authorities
must look through a lens of human rights when they are interpreting
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has produced a range of
guidance on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998. The
Scottish Human Rights Commission also provides information and
Please go to www.equalityhumanrights.com
for further information.