We recently launched a great new set of films and an eBook exploring our Human Rights Act, its role in our democracy, and its achievements in protecting our human rights over the 15 years it has been in force.

Our current government has promised to 'scrap' the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights. With a consultation paper asking for people's views on this issue later this spring, it's more important than ever that each and every one of us understands what our Human Rights Act is and how it works, and what we stand to lose if it is scrapped.

Whether you're a third sector professional developing a human rights approach to the work you do, a teacher who would like your students to learn more about their human rights, or an individual who's passionate about human rights and civil liberties, we hope you'll find these resources useful, and would encourage you to share them widely!

Getting with the Act, our brand new eBook

Getting with the Act is a whistlestop tour of where our human rights come from, the European Convention and Court of Human Rights, and our own Human Rights Act here in the UK. We reflect on how power works in our democracy, the rights guaranteed to us under the law, and the mechanisms in the HRA that make sure our rights are protected and respected, as well as the remedies available to us when they aren't. 

A great set of short films

We've also produced a series of engaging films, each of which focuses on a different aspect of our work.

Young people: how our Human Rights Act works for you is a short and sweet introduction to the human rights we all enjoy, and how they are protected by the HRA. This film also includes real-life examples of how the HRA has changed the lives of young people for the better.

Our Human Rights Act explained in 2 minutes is aimed at adults, and sets out the history of our human rights protections, from the European Convention on Human Rights, backed by Winston Churchill after WWII, to the passing of the HRA by Parliament in 1998 with cross-party support.  

For those of you who are interested in what BIHR gets up to on a day-to-day basis, take a look at this short primer on what we do, Introducing the British Institute of Human Rights. We tell the story of BIHR's founding more than 40 years ago, our mission to bring human rights to life here at home, and the work our dedicated staff team carries out every day to make that mission a reality.

Last not but not least, Bringing human rights to life hands the mic to our partners in the public and third sectors, capturing a range of reflections on the Human Rights Act from independent mental capacity advocates, third sector workers and mental health service providers. In their own words, our partners explain what working with BIHR, and adopting a human rights approach, has done for their practice and for the lives of the people with whom they work.

More to come...

And as if that wasn't enough, we'll be launching a range of issue-specific guides for health and social care practitioners later this spring! Make sure you don't miss out, sign up to our eNews where we'll be announcing our launch events, and if you'd like to support us in keeping this work going, you can join our regular giving scheme and become a Friend here.