The Human Rights Act 1998 came into force in the United Kingdom in October 2000.
The Act sets out the fundamental rights and freedoms that individuals in the UK have access to, including:
It means that individuals can defend their rights in the UK courts and that public organisations (including the Government, the Police, local councils, courts, hospitals, publicly funded schools, and others) must treat everyone equally, with fairness, dignity and respect.
A downloadable guide to Human Rights is available from mind.org.
Civil Liberties are distinct from human rights in that they are basic rights and freedoms granted to citizens of a country through national common or statute law and include:
Civil Liberties, Civil Rights and Human Rights co-exist and are very much a part of one another.
In the UK, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties are underpinned by the Human Rights Act 1998 including the rights that protect UK citizens under the European Convention on Human Rights.
A comprehensive guide to Human Rights in the UK can be found at citizensadvice.
A detailed explanation and breakdown of the Human Rights Act 1998 is available at this link.
A Guide to Human Rights Act for people with learning disabilities is available from GOV.UK.
Rights of Young People
Comprehensive information on the rights of young people can be found at the My Advice Gateway page Children's and Young People's Rights.
Help and Advice
The following organisations offer help and advice on human rights issues:
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