BIHR is inviting organisations and individuals to share their stories about the positive value of the Human Rights Act. These case studies will be showcased on this new micro-website, 'The Human Rights Act: Our Stories', which will demonstrate the wide scope that human rights have to better the lives of people from every part of society. Find out more about submitting a case study.

About Us tells the real life human rights stories of people in the UK. Although these stories are rarely told and often overshadowed, they show how the Human Rights Act can provide a vital lifeline to individuals from all walks of life. From older people in care homes, disabled children being a part of the school community, to women seeking safety these stories highlight how the Human Right Act can offer something for everyone.



At a time when human rights and the Human Rights Act are under attack it has never been more important to communicate how the Human Rights Act is working to provide a safety net for some of the most disadvantaged members of our society, helping to make principles like fairness, dignity, and respect real and meaningful for people in their everyday lives.


Who we are is unique in bringing together the experiences of organisations and individuals working on a range of issues and areas, such as human rights, children, equality, older people, women, mental health, carers, disability, refugees, advice, democracy, poverty and other areas. Within this diversity organisations are united by a commitment to telling the powerful stories we each have about how the Human Rights Act is making positive changes to people’s lives. co-ordinated by the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR).

For more information about the contributing and supporting organisations please click on the top of the page, read the individual case studies or click here for a list


“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home…places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Latest Human Rights Case Studies

Keeping elderly couples together

By Counsel and Care On 08/06/2011

Mr V contacted Counsel and Care when social services threatened to move his wife into a care home which was some distance from the family. Mrs V has Alzheimer’s and is blind. Mrs V...

Human rights stopping blanket use of Do Not Resuscitate Orders

By POhWER On 17/11/2010

An older man with dementia was admitted to hospital. He was placed on a ward in which every patient had a ‘do not resuscitate’ order placed on their file.

His advocate came...

Human rights protecting family life

By POhWER On 17/11/2010

A man in his early 30s with severe autism had been in the care of his foster mum since the age of two. She also fostered babies with learning difficulties. A baby died in her care and this was...

Human rights: empowering individuals!

Person involved in the human rights and older people's project

“Anything you do for any section of society, like older people, can benefit everyone”– Hackney group participant


BIHR and Age UK are currently...

Using the Human Rights Act to challenge failure to provide adequate community care services

By Scope On 02/03/2010
Image of a gavel and scales

In R (on the application of Bernard) v Enfield London Borough Council (2002), the failure by the council to provide suitably adapted accommodation for the applicant and her family amounted to a...