The Human Rights Act was passed by the UK Parliament in 1998 and took effect in 2000. It incorporates into domestic law the European Convention on Human Rights, which, in turn, draws on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights composed after WWII and the Holocaust.
For more than two decades now, the Human Rights Act has protected the rights of each and every one of us in the UK. It has meant we can turn to UK courts for justice if any public body - e.g. a government department, local council or police service - breaches our rights.
The Human Rights Act is currently at serious risk, with the UK government threatening to 'overhaul' it imminently. Because of this clear and present danger, civil society is working harder than ever to raise awareness of how the Human Rights Act protects us all.
“Equality, freedom, dignity: our rights are the essence of our humanity and the fight to protect them is the work of hope and optimism.”Martha Spurrier, Director, Liberty
“As a torture survivor, I know how dangerous it can be when governments go after people’s rights – which is why we need to defend the Human Rights Act”Kolbassia Haoussou, Director of Survivor Empowerment, Freedom From Torture
“Our Human Rights Act means we can all challenge those in power to treat us with dignity, not simply as special treatment, but as legal rights that should be met”Sanchita Hosali, Chief Executive, The British Institute of Human Rights
“The Human Rights Act is a powerful tool for making life better for children by enabling them to claim and enforce rights contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.”Louise King, Director of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, Just for Kids Law
Here you will find all of BIHR's work around the government's planned changes to the Human Rights Act and information about how you can get involved.British Institute of Human Rights website
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms all people should be guaranteed.Liberty's website - your rights
The Human Rights Consortium is a broad alliance of civil society organisations from across all communities, sectors and areas of Northern Ireland who work together to help develop a human rights based society.Human Rights Consortium website
You can respond formally to the government's consultation on reforming the Human Rights Act before 9 March 2022.Respond to the government's consultation here
You don't have to answer the consultation questions to have your say on the government's planned changes to the Human Rights Act.Find out how here
There is a democratic crisis in the UK. This Government is shutting down the ways ordinary people hold them accountable for their actions: weakening our Human Rights Act, criminalising protest, ignoring laws and rules it doesn't like, blocking people from voting and snubbing MPs when making laws.Add your name to Liberty's pledge on HRA reform