Human Rights are really important because they make sure that every single human being has a basic right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect and has control over their life.
The Human Rights Act makes sure
- public authorities and officials respect and protect your right in everything they do. These include the NHS, local councils, private health and care providers, the police, prisons and the courts.
- all other laws protect your human right
If you don’t feel your human rights are being respected you should tell someone works in a public authority, for example your social worker, GP, or if it is serious you can contact the police.
The Human Rights Act applies to public organisations so you can’t use it to stop friends, family or individuals doing things they want to do.