human rights

The Human Rights Act: changing lives (second edition)

BIHR report containing a series of case studies illustrating how ordinary people have benefited from the Human Rights Act in their dealings with public bodies.

European Court of Human Rights

This is the official website of the ECHR. Includes full text of recent judgments and complete list of judgments from 1959.

From safety net to springboard: a new approach to care and support for all based on equality and human rights

This report draws on a literature review and consultation to examine the current performance of care and support in protecting and promoting human rights and equality. The report aims to influence thinking on the future of care and support in England and it sets out the actions the Equality and Human Rights Commission will take to help make its vision for care and support a reality.

Rethink factsheets

The Rethink National Advice Service provides information and advice to people with mental illness, their family, friends, informal and professional carers on a range of issues affecting people with mental illness and their carers. They run a telephone advice line and an email advice service as well as taking written enquiries. This links to s series of about 40 factsheets in PDF.

Scottish Executive response to recommendations made in the report 'Moving forward: review of NHS wheelchair and seating services in Scotland'

The Scottish Executive welcomes the independent Review of the NHS Wheelchair and Seating Service, 'Moving Forward – Review of NHS Wheelchair and Seating Services in Scotland: March 2006', as a comprehensive critique of existing services from the viewpoint of users and carers.

The Executive’s response addresses the 40 recommendations. A number of linked/parallel policy initiatives which support the implementation of recommendations have also been identified.

Improving the lives of children in Scotland - are we there yet? Findings from national seminars: January-February 2009

The Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights (SACR) was asked by the government to organise four seminars designed to allow professional and interested parties in Scotland to gather together to discuss the United Nations Committee for the Rights of the Child recommendations.

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Children’s Rights Officers’ Network worked with SACR in organising the events.

European Network Against Racism

European Network Against Racism (ENAR), a network of European Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) working to combat racism in all the EU member states, is a major outcome of the 1997 European Year Against Racism. ENAR is determined to fight racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, to promote equality of treatment between EU citizens and third country nationals, and to link local/regional/national initiatives with European initiatives.

The impact of HIV-related stigma and discrimination

This factsheet highlights the detrimental effect stigma and discrimination have on public health. It argues that responding to HIV with blame or abuse towards people living with HIV (PLWHA), simply forces the epidemic underground, creating the ideal conditions for HIV to spread.

An epidemic of stigma and discrimination

This resource looks at the stigma and discrimination which affects people living with HIV and AIDS and the people who are perceived to be HIV positive because they are members of the communities most affected by the virus, such as gay men or Africans.

Rights of Children and Young People

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has been signed by 197 countries including the UK.Most parents make sure that their children grow up with care and support. Most schools do everything they can to make school a good experience. Some children, especially those phoning ChildLine, say that they feel they have no control at home and in school.