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What are your rights

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Human rights are basic rights that belong to all of us simply because we are human. They embody key values in our society such as fairness, dignity, equality and respect.

Human rights are an important means of protection for us all, especially those who may face abuse, neglect and isolation. Most importantly, these rights give us power and enable us to speak up and to challenge poor treatment from a public authority.

Our Rights Our Voices toolkit

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As part of the Our rights our voices project, Age UK produced a human rights toolkit. It's a practical resource for using human rights to make a difference in your community. It explains your human rights and how you can put your human rights knowledge into action.

Human rights toolkit (PDF 2.5 MB)

Which rights are most relevant to me?

All human rights are potentially relevant to you, however it is likely that you will find some more significant to you than others.

Article 2: The right to life

Everyone has the right to have their life protected by law. The state can only take away someone’s life in very limited circumstances.

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Article 3: Prohibition of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment

Everyone has the absolute right not to be tortured or to be treated in an inhuman or degrading way.

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Article 5: Right to liberty

Everyone has the right to liberty and security. No one can be deprived of their liberty apart from in certain circumstances e.g. being suspected of committing a crime or if someone lacks mental capacity to consent to care or treatment and it is in their best interests to deprive them of their liberty.

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Article 8: The right to respect for private and family life, home and correspondence

Everyone has a right to respect for their private and family life, their home and their correspondence. This right can be limited in certain circumstances such as to protect the rights and freedoms of other people, but if so this action must be necessary, lawful and proportionate.

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Article 14: The right not to be discriminated against

Everyone has the right not to be discriminated against because of race, religion or gender or any other status in the enjoyment of their Convention rights.

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Download our human rights toolkit to find out how you can use human rights to make a difference in your community.

Human rights toolkit (PDF 2.5 MB)

The human rights wheel is a handy reference aid that helps you to visualise your rights. It was designed by one of the Our Rights Our Voices human rights ambassadors. To use the wheel you can simply start at the top (Article 2) and follow your way around in a clockwise direction.

Human rights wheel (PDF 5 MB)

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