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Know Your Human Rights

This online toolkit from our friends at The British Institute of Human Rights is there to give you information about how human rights can help you have more control over your own life and be treated with dignity and respect.

This tool is particularly relevant for people with mental health or mental capacity issues, and those who advocate on their behalf, including formal advocates, families and carers. For example, it can help you to work out if the issue you’re facing is a human rights issue or a different type of issue.

By knowing your rights, you can speak up on behalf of yourself or someone you know (you don’t need a lawyer to speak up about and protect your human rights) and work with services to help them find better solutions when it comes to handling people’s human rights.

Before you use the Know Your Human Rights tool, please be aware that it’s only relevant to laws of England. Most of the information from this tool focuses on healthcare systems; please note that your human rights also apply to other situations like education, housing or involvement with the police, but these areas are not specifically covered in this tool.


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