10 December 2020

Human Rights Day 2020

Today, 10 December, is Human Rights Day. This Human Rights Day, we are shining a spotlight on to the role of the Human Rights Act for people across the UK.

At BIHR we’ve had a busy day full of human rights events and activities, including:

  • Delivering a free, open human rights session in the morning for people to learn more about their rights and to hear about how human rights make change in people’s everyday lives.
  • Sending an open letter to the Prime Minister and political leaders, signed by 114 other organisations from across the UK, urging them to respond proportionately to Covid-19, protect people’s rights and the rule of law, and to stand by the Human Rights Act.
  • Hosting a human rights reception in the evening: ‘70 years of the Convention, 50 years of BIHR, 22 years of the Human Rights Act and 2020'.

 Find out more here!



We’ve got a great range of blogs for you to have a look at! Following our DNAR workshop and the CQC's interim report on DNAR decisions during Covid-19 last week, our Director Sanchita wrote a follow up of her blog on DNAR decisions & human rights. We’re still asking: ‘whose life counts?’ Read it here.

You could also try our blog by Human Rights Officer Eilidh on using human rights to address violence against women, or our Research & Comms Assistant Jo's blog on three important legal cases and challenges for human rights during Covid-19.


Elimination of Violence against Women and 16 Days of Activism

On 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women kick-started the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which ends today, Human Rights Day (10 December 2020).

This year, BIHR is taking part by sharing different resources each day! These resources include blogs and information from BIHR and others on human rights for women who have experienced violence. We'll also be sharing sneak previews of a brand-new tool we are helping to develop to support women to know and use their rights when rebuilding their lives after domestic violence.

Find out more here!

News from Elsewhere...

  1. Human Rights Day Civil Society Letter 2020

“On global Human Rights Day, 114 groups from across the UK issue an open letter to the Prime Minister and political leaders, urging them to respond proportionately to Covid-19, protect people’s rights and the rule of law, and to stand by the Human Rights Act.”

The British Institute of Human Rights, 10 December 2020


  1. Ministers accused of launching attack on human rights in middle of pandemic

"Ministers have been accused of launching an “attack” on human rights in the middle of a pandemic as campaigners reacted angrily to the announcement of a new review."

The Independent, 7 December 2020


  1. Covid used as pretext to curtail civil rights around the world, finds report

"The state of civil liberties around the world is bleak, according to a new study which found that 87% of the global population were living in nations deemed “closed”, “repressed” or “obstructed”."

The Guardian, 9 December 2020


  1. Families of disabled children pushed to ‘breaking point’ during pandemic

"Families with disabled children have been pushed to “breaking point” during the pandemic, as parents have been unable to access support that was in place before the Covid-19 outbreak."

The Independent, 10 December 2020


  1. Providers ‘need more information’ about vaccine to ensure MCA compliance and tackle staff doubts

"Care providers need clearer guidance about the Covid-19 vaccine so can reassure the people they support, family members and staff, and ensure  Mental Capacity Act (MCA) compliance, as the rollout begins, sector leaders have warned."

Community Care, 8 December 2020



Thanks for reading!


There has been a lot of sad human rights news this week, and we know it can be overwhelming. Why not take a moment to read our blog, Value of Human Rights in Health and Social Care: from Covid-19 and beyond, to remind yourself and reflect on the value that human rights have in helping us achieve dignified and independent lives.