Human rights

Human rights

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that all humans should be guaranteed. They are universal, apply equally to all, and are founded on the principle of dignity for every human being. Traditional civil liberties - rights and freedoms that protect an individual from abuse of power by the state - are a part of our British history of human rights.

Why not take a look around, and find out about some of the human rights and civil liberties issues facing the UK today?

Fighting discrimination

Fighting discrimination

Discrimination, based on ignorance or prejudice, has been the cause of some of the world’s most horrendous human rights abuses.

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No torture

No torture

The prohibition on torture or inhuman or degrading treatment is one of the few absolute rights – it can never be justified.    

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Privacy

Privacy

Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

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Justice and fair trials

Justice and fair trials

Justice is at the heart of a democratic society. It means laws should apply equally to all, and that everyone should have the right to a fair trial.

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Countering terrorism

Countering terrorism

Human rights law requires the State to take steps to protect the right to life – which includes measures to prevent terrorism.

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Asylum and borders

Asylum and borders

"Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution."    

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What are human rights?

What are human rights?

Human rights belong to every member of the human family, regardless of sex, race, nationality or any other status.

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Free speech and protest

Free speech and protest

The right to freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest are crucial in a democracy.

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Victims' rights

Victims' rights

The protection of victims of crime and human rights abuses lies at the heart of human rights law.

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