Human rights are the basic freedoms and protections that every person has simply because they are human; they are not privileges to be earned or gifts that governments can give or take away at will. Our Human Rights Act makes the international promise of universal human rights real here at home.

A bit of human rights history ... The world community came together after the horrors of World War II to say there must be minimum standards for all people – no matter who they are. This started with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our Human Rights Act was passed by parliament in 1998, with cross-party support, to makes16 of the fundamental rights and freedoms we helped write in the European Convention on Human Rights part of our law and the way we do things in the UK.

Our Human Rights Act in a nutshell ... The Human Rights Act puts legal duties on public authorities (national and local) to respect human rights in their decisions and actions. This helps public officials deliver better services, and empowers us all to make sure we are treated fairly, with equal dignity and respect. And, when our human rights are put at risk, any one of us can ask local courts here at home to make a decision about our situation.

Who our Human Rights Act matters for … Put simply our Human Rights Act matters for all of us; it is the law that protects everyone. Our Human Rights Act matter for ...

WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES fleeing domestic violence, making sure they are protected and can access safe housing and rebuild their lives PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA, making sure they can access the right care and support, and not be discriminated against DISABLED PEOPLE, supporting access to school transport, challenge poor housing, enjoying friendships and social lives
PEOPLE WITH INSECURE IMMIGRATION STATUS to make sure they treated humanely by public officials, providing remedies when they are not CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE meaning they can speak up and be heard when decisions about their lives are being made PEOPLE AT THE END OF THEIR LIVES helping ensure dignified, rights-respecting care and treatment 
PUBLIC OFFICIALS providing them with a cear decision making framework,  especially when it comes to balancing rights PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH OR MENTAL CAPACITY ISSUES, providing safeguards that mean their rights are respected VICTIMS OF CRIME and their families, empowering them to seek justice for failings in police protection