Getting to know your rights

Last month I went on some training covering human rights and mental health to support me in a new campaign project called MORR (Make Our Rights Reality). MORR is being run by Youth Access and delivered in partnership with other youth advice and counselling services across the UK.

This was the first time I have been taught about my human rights despite eleven years in the education system.

I found myself questioning why didn’t I learn this at school, why is it not part of the curriculum? Your rights can be applied to a range of situations that you may face in life. I’ve certainly come across quite a few issues in which my rights have not been adhered to, e.g. when work found out about my mental health I was told that they wouldn’t have offered me the job if they knew about my mental health. I was also lectured about why I did not disclose it at interview. I had my duties and responsibilities restricted without any explanation. I did not know all of my rights and how to act on them. I found myself researching on the internet, visiting the Citizens Advice Bureau and contacting ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).

Did you know? Everyone has sixteen human rights

You can read more about your rights here.

Not everyone is aware of their rights under the Human Rights Act law.

People who are aware are not necessarily going to tell you. This could be an employer or professional.  Check out the BIHR websiteand the different handbooks they provide. Teach yourself about your rights. Check out this two minute video from the British Institute of Human Rights