Can individuals violate human rights?
In the UK, human rights are protected by the Human Rights Act 1998. This means you can take action under the Human Rights Act if a public authority has breached your human rights. But you can’t take action against a private individual as they’re not covered by the Act.
What does it mean to violate someone’s human rights?
A human rights violation is the disallowance of the freedom of thought and movement to which all humans legally have a right. While individuals can violate these rights, the leadership or government of civilization most often belittles marginalized persons.
What are the consequences of a human rights violation?
Violating individual human rights may break laws and subject the perpetrator to prosecution. On a wider scale, large instances of human rights violations, such as genocide, may theoretically be used as a means for international consequences such as sanctions or war.
What should I do if someone is violating my human rights?
You may be able to resolve the problem without taking legal action. Just discussing the issue with the person or organisation who has potentially breached your rights may be enough. If it can’t be resolved informally, you can make a formal complaint. You should bear in mind that there are strict time limits for taking legal action.
Is there peace and freedom if human rights are violated?
Peace and freedom cannot be ensured as long as fundamental human rights are violated. Similarly, there cannot be peace and stability as long as there is oppression and suppression. It is unfair to seek one’s own interests at the cost of other people’s rights.
How can I get help with a human rights issue?
Find out more about how and where you can get initial help and advice. You may be able to resolve the problem without taking legal action. Just discussing the issue with the person or organisation who has potentially breached your rights may be enough. If it can’t be resolved informally, you can make a formal complaint.