EHRC Human Rights Inquiry

The report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Inquiry was published on 15 June 2009.

The Human Rights Inquiry was launched in April 2008, under the Commission’s statutory powers, to find out how human rights work in Britain. In addition to traditional in-depth research, public polling and focus group work, the Commission convened a series of public evidence sessions to hear from witnesses.

According to an Ipsos MORI survey of almost 2,000 adults commissioned as part of the Inquiry, 84 per cent of people said they wanted human rights enshrined in the law for themselves and their families and 81 per cent of people saw human rights as important to creating a fairer society.
In the first major study into how far public sector authorities have adopted a rights based approach to delivering services, the Inquiry found that where human rights were put at the heart of the delivery of public services, they delivered successful results.

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