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Our human rights work

In this section you can read about the work we do on human rights issues.

Human rights tracker launched

The human rights tracker is an online tool to help you track how well the UK is putting its human rights duties into practice. Find out how we monitor human rights, which international standards the UK has to meet, and search the UN’s most recent recommendations.

Try the human rights tracker

Our mission

We operate independently to strengthen human rights protection and equality legislation, including:

  • promoting awareness, understanding and protection of human rights

  • encouraging public authorities to comply with the Human Rights Act

  • protecting those most at risk of human rights abuses

The way we do this includes: 

Our work with the United Nations (UN)

We promote, monitor and report on seven UN treaties signed by the UK – an important part of our role as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI).

We also feed into the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This is a peer review process conducted by the UN Human Rights Council to assess the human rights situation in every UN Member State.

As part of this process, we give statements to influence the UK government on various human rights issues.

We also help civil society organisations understand their rights and support them to engage with UN human rights processes to assert those rights. We encourage and defend their ability to advocate for change at the domestic level.

Our recent research with the University of Nottingham assesses the extent of civil society’s engagement with UN human rights treaties and review mechanisms and, crucially, how this engagement can be strengthened.

Read more about our capacity building work, including the free training we are offering on how to use our new human rights tracker tool.

Last updated: 09 Sep 2020