We rely on our human rights every day. People up and down the country use them to force authorities to make their policies and practices fairer. They mean we can challenge unfairness, discrimination or poor treatment.

If we have been mistreated or failed by the system we can use human rights to hold authorities to account. They provide essential protection for all of us when we’re at our most vulnerable.

For example:

  • Patients who experienced inhumane and degrading treatment at Mid Staffordshire hospital challenged their treatment using human rights.
  • Human rights have been used to challenge decisions that place couples into different care homes when they have lived together for years.
  • Jan, a disabled woman, was given such a low level of care that she was forced to spend all day in bed. She successfully used human rights to argue for a proper care package.
  • Rape victims whose experiences had not been adequately investigated by the police have been paid damages for failures to protect their human rights.

With authorities continuing to turn a blind eye to the abuse of children and older people in care homes, we need our human rights more than ever.

We’ve carried out detailed research into how to talk about human rights and have produced a guide for NGOs and campaigners. Click here to download our guide, ‘How to talk about human rights.

If you don’t have time to go through the whole guide, why not read the one page summary of what works and what doesn’t when talking about human rights.