Human rights are fundamentally important in maintaining a fair and civilised society.

The Human Rights Act protects your freedom to control your own life based on core principles of:

  • dignity
  • fairness
  • equality
  • respect
  • autonomy

Visit the Equality and Human Rights Commission website for practical guidance on your human rights.

York: Human Rights City

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The Lord Mayor of York committed to adopting 'a human rights approach' when York became the UK’s first Human Rights City in April 2017.

York: Human Rights City (YHRC) aims to bridge the gap between international obligations and claiming your human rights at a local level. YHRC publishes annual reports on York’s progress as a human rights city, as work continues to create a vibrant, diverse, fair and safe city.

Your human rights as our customer

As a public authority, we must act in accordance with the Human Rights Act, and:

  • have an understanding of human rights
  • apply human rights principles when providing services
  • take human rights into consideration when developing policies and procedures

Anyone who believes we ('the state') have breached their human rights, can take their case to a UK court (rather than the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg).

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