Human rights! What are human rights?
Well, human rights are the values that keep society fair, just and equal
They protect children, the elderly, people in care, victims of domestic violence, people
with mental health problems, religious groups, teachers, soldiers and yes, prisoners.
They protect all of us They protect YOU
Our human rights are protected by law. That means we can do something if our rights are
attacked. But not everyone loves human rights.
Some want to water them down… Even scrap them.
Our rights are under threat, so it’s time to get educated.
Societies used to be controlled by all-powerful rulers who could be cruel and unjust. Kings
only gave rights to people they liked. Over thousands of years, people fought for
equality, and with every hard won right came new laws that improved how we lived.
But in the twentieth century, brutal dictators came to power.
They ruled by fear, like kings of the past. Those hard won rights? They were dismantled
on an unimaginable scale. After WWII, the democracies got together and
said ‘never again’. They created a simple document setting out
the basic rights we all need to live a dignified life.
The European Convention puts rights, not rulers, at the heart of our society.
Like the right to life To liberty
To free speech. Then in 1998 Parliament passed the Human Rights
Act, which made our human rights part of UK law.
This means public bodies, like hospitals and schools must respect our rights.
And if they don’t, we can go to our local court to enforce them.
Now, because of human rights, patients in hospitals must be treated with compassion,
Journalists cannot be forced to reveal their sources,
Soldiers must be given proper equipment, Gay people have to be treated equally,
And the police cannot keep our DNA forever if we’re innocent,
We have to be treated fairly, at work, at home, in school…anywhere
Everywhere! Our human rights are hard won
They’re part of our British heritage We are proud of them.
If we lose them, vulnerable people will pay the biggest price.
Know your rights Celebrate them
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