Human rights

We are deeply committed to human rights and campaign to promote a culture of respect for human rights in the UK. As you will see from our other campaign pages, all of our work is in fact based on human rights. The Human Rights Act 1998 incorporates the Council of Europe’s Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into UK law, including its guarantee of  freedom of religion or belief and we use the Human Rights Act to ensure equality between people of different beliefs, to promote individual human rights and to prevent against discrimination.

What are we doing?

We promote the recognition of human rights in all of our work, from marriage law to education to equalities to our public services campaign. We use the language of human rights, and reference legislation and supporting case law, in our campaigning work to give us a strong base and ensure that humanists are treated fairly and equally and with dignity and respect. From time to time, however, we also have campaigns that are about human rights themselves. For example, we are currently campaigning for an extension of the Human Rights Act to cover organisations providing public services on behalf of the state.

The BHA is a member of Rights of the Child UK (ROCK), a coalition of major charities and children’s rights activists, which calls on the Government to make the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) part of UK law. Working within this coalition, we hope to be able to promote the importance and legitimacy of the human rights of all young people in the UK, whatever their circumstances.