PRESS STATEMENT: The British Institute of Human Rights is top of the field in producing good practice guidance on human rights

3 August 2011

 

The British Institute of Human Rights is top of the field in producing good practice guidance on human rights

 

The British Institute of Human Rights welcomes the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s new online library Human rights: Practical Guidance to help people in the public sector access the guidance they need to meet their obligations under human rights law and to implement good practice.

The British Institute of Human Rights has shaped almost half of the resources featured in the good practice bank. We have produced guidance in our own capacity such as The Human Rights Act: Changing Lives, a unique collection of real life examples of people using the Human Rights Act to improve their lives and our highly-valued Your Human Rights Guides for particularly vulnerable groups such as older people and people living with mental health problems. We have also co-authored guidance with project partners, including the Department of Health’s Human Rights in Healthcare - a framework for local action and the Ministry of Justice’s Right Here, Right Now - Teaching Citizenship through Human Rights - a resource for key stage 3 citizenship teachers in England.

Stephen Bowen, Director of the British Institute of Human Rights, said:

“The British Institute of Human Rights is one of the leading providers of the support and resources people need to take human rights off the law books and into the heart of our public services. It is a testament to BIHR’s experience and expertise that we have been involved in producing almost half of the guidance featured in the EHRC’s new good practice bank. By gathering together practical resources based on real life learning and decision-making, this online library will be another tool in the box for public sector staff seeking to deliver services which treat people with dignity, respect and fairness.”

ENDS

 

Notes to Editor

 

1. For media enquiries and comment please contact the BIHR switchboard for a spokesperson: 020 7549 0550

2. BIHR is a national independent human rights charity committed to bringing rights to life in the UK. Since the introduction of the Human Rights Act, we have specialised in taking human rights ‘beyond the courtroom’, making human rights knowledge accessible to a wide range of audiences and translating the ideas and laws into practical tools for people and organisations to use in everyday life. Further information about BIHR visit www.bihr.org.uk

3. BIHR is unique because it works to put human rights into action with individuals, advocacy groups and public service providers, and uses this evidence of human rights in everyday life to influence policy and legal debates.

4. The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights: Practical Guidance online library can be accessed here.

5. Of the guidance featured in the EHRC’s online library BIHR has authored or co-authored the following materials:
Human Rights Act: Changing Lives. You can access it here.
Your Human Rights - a guide for older people. You can access it here.
Your Human Rights - a guide for people living with mental health problems. You can access it here.
Your Human Rights - a guide for refugees and asylum seekers. You can learn more here.
Human Rights in Healthcare - a framework for local action (2nd edition). You can access it here.
Right Here, Right Now - Teaching Citizenship through Human Rights - a resource for key stage 3 citizenship teachers in England. You can learn more here.

6. Of the guidance featured in the EHRC’s online library BIHR has been involved (e.g. as a consultant or via our practical projects) in the following materials
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities Guidance What does it mean for you?
Ours to own: understanding human rights
Human Rights, Human Lives - A handbook for public authorities
Human Rights: A Toolkit for Advocates
Benchmarking Tool - a human rights based approach
Keeping Me Safe and Well Assessment Manual - A Human Rights Based Approach
Human Rights Joint Risk Assessment and Management Plan (HR-JRAMP) - A Human Rights Based Approach

Published: August 3, 2011

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