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Human Rights Day occurs each year on 10th December and this year marks 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. It is the most translated document in the world, and ultimately declares that each human being is entitled to inalienable rights. It establishes the equal dignity and worth of each person.

In Europe, the European Convention on Human Rights established the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in 1953. The United Kingdom since incorporated it into domestic law in the form of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), which came into force in 2000. Each article within the HRA derives from the ECHR. The three main effects of Act include being able to seek justice within the British Court system, having rights respected by public bodies, and ensuring new laws are compatible with the Convention rights.

At Ramsdens Solicitors, our experienced team represents clients in cases where their human rights have been infringed by a public body, whether it be by the NHS, a local authority, her Majesty’s Prison Service or the police. We particularly specialise in claims where breaches of Articles 3 (Prohibition of Torture), 5 (Right to Liberty and Security) and 6 (Right to a Fair Trial) have occurred. We also specialise in Inquests involving a breach of Article 2 (Right to Life). We are experienced in helping clients access available legal options and seek justice for maltreatment imposed against them.

If any issues within this article have affected you or a loved one please contact the abuse team on 0113 887 1834 for a chat in total confidence.