Human Rights

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 law.

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 guidance.

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