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Understanding Human Rights

A government consultation on reforming the Human Rights Act 1988 is currently open until 8 March. We would urge everyone to respond.

To help understand the impact of human rights law, the Council of Europe has produced a helpful website providing direct examples of cases including a range of health-related examples. The Council has its roots in a speech by Sir Winston Churchill in March 1943 when he suggested the creation of a "Council of Europe" in a BBC radio broadcast. It was signed into existence on 5 May 1949 by the Treaty of London and the UK was one of the original signatories. The Council is founded on three foundations that guide its work: democracy, human rights and the rule of law. It is completely separate to the European Union and has many more member states than the EU (47).

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