Human rights day has been celebrated on the 10th December since 1948. This year the theme is Equality – reducing inequalities, and advancing human rights.
We are fortunate that, within the UK we have human rights laws where we are all entitled to live in a way that promotes equality, freedom and a safe way of living. However, this is unfortunately not the case across other parts of the world.
The Human Rights Act 1998 sets out the fundamental rights and freedoms that everyone in the UK is entitled to. It incorporates the rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into domestic British law. The Human Rights Act came into force in the UK in October 2000.
The Human Rights Act covers;
– right to life,
– freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment,
– freedom from slavery and forced labour
– right to liberty and security
– right to a fair trial
– no punishment without law
– respect of your private and family life, home and correspondence
– freedom of thought, belief and religion
– freedom of expression
– right to marry and start a family
– protection of discrimination in respect of these rights and freedom
– right to peaceful enjoyment of your property
– right to education
– right to participate in free elections
– abolition of the death penalty.