Human Rights Based Approach

Taking a human rights based approach is about making sure that people's rights are put at the very centre of policies and practices.  Our self assessment toolkit can help you adopt a human rights based approach. 

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Defending the Human Rights Act

The Human Rights Act, together with the Scotland Act, protects the rights that are contained in the European Convention on Human Rights in Scotland’s own laws. The Act means that people can raise human rights issues in Scottish courts. It also places a duty on public bodies to comply with human rights in everything they do.

Current proposals by the UK Government to replace the Act with a new Bill of Rights would weaken the protections in the Human Rights Act and put the UK in breach of its international obligations.

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