We Believe in Human Rights; it's What We Do
We take a human rights based approach to sustainable development, working to empower individuals and communities to realise, promote and protect their fundamental human rights.
The Human Rights Act enshrines our very freedoms into law. It protects our fundamental right to life, right not to be tortured and the right not to be discriminated against to name but a few. It also imposes a duty on our government to hold free and fair elections.
It is these rights that we work to promote and protect through the work they do in the developing world.
Each day we work to empower individuals and groups to realise and understand their human rights and the freedoms and protections that human rights offer.
Jo Baker, Chief Executive of International Service, said: “When people are denied their basic human rights, they are denied opportunities; fostering a cycle of poverty and inequality. With human rights at the heart of everything we do, we work with partners to increase peoples understanding of their rights to empower and foster growth and change.
“We believe that human rights are universal rights. They are protections that go beyond nationality, gender, race or religion. We believe that human rights are fundamental.”
What is the Human Rights Act?
The Human Rights Act, introduced in Britain in 1998, incorporates The European Convention on Human Rights into British law and requires all public bodies in Britain to adhere to these human rights as well.
Where did the European Convention come from?
Predating the European Union by decades, the Convention is an agreement that all countries in Europe will respect human rights. The Convention was spearheaded by Britain in response to horror seen during World War 2. The committee that drew up its final draft was chaired by British MP Sir David Maxwell-Fyfe. The UK was a founding signatory and ratified the Convention in March 1951.