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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.

Last updated: 09 Oct 2019