The Human Rights Act 1998 came into force on 2 October 2000 and incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (‘ECHR’) into UK domestic law. Since that date, the State and all public bodies have been bound by a duty to respect the rights enshrined in the ECHR.
We can provide legal advice and representation in all areas where fundamental human rights have been, or are about to be, infringed. We provide legal support to our clients by way of:
- Representations to public bodies in relation to alleged breaches;
- Applications to the European Court of Human Rights once all domestic legal remedies have been exhausted;
- Applications to the Border & Immigration Agency for international protection (either under the UN Refugee Convention or the ECHR);
- Appeals to the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal against human rights related decisions of the Home Office.
We can also provides legal support to individuals, charities and action groups outside the UK (particularly in developing countries) in legal actions alleging human rights violations by their State.