In this task I will be looking at a particular legislation and I will be evaluating how it has benefited everyone and what the limitations of this are. Also I will be assessing how it shapes and influences anti-discriminatory practice. Another thing I will exploring is the positive and negative effects of this legislation. The legislation I will be looking at is: Human Rights Act 1998.
The aim of the Human Rights Act 1998 is used by every resident in England or wales, no matter if they are: a British citizen, foreign national, adult, child, elderly or just a general member of the public, this also includes prisoners and people with mental health issues. The Human Rights Act basically protects the basic rights of everyone. The legislation is extremely important as it gives everyone their basic rights to life, for example: right to education, right to security, right to freedom of speech etc. There are several rights and freedoms that every individual in the UK is entitled, it also ensures that they are safe and protected by the law. The human rights have evolved over many years, they are here to protect future generations. These human rights followed form the holocaust and World War 2, they ensure that these horrors are not repeated. The human rights are relevant to everyone’s day-to-day life and they protect your freedom to control your own life. The human rights act provides an invisible safety net for all of us.
Discrimination is when you are treated less favourably than another person in a similar situation or when someone sees you as inferior to everyone else, because of: your race, your skin colour, your sexuality, your gender etc. The Human Rights Act 1998 influences anti-discrimination in many different ways even though they do not protect you in all areas of life. Firstly, it ensures that everyone is equal and that no race or ethnicity is superior or inferior to the other. The human rights act prohibits discrimination of: sex, colour, race, religion, language, sexual orientation. For example: the human rights act had successfully protected gay couples from discrimination. Gender discrimination is also protected by human rights act, for example: right to education enables everyone (no matter what gender) to have a good education. The human rights act influences everyone in the UK as it is a law passed in the UK in 1998, it means you are able to defend your rights in the UK courts.
If the Human Rights Act didn’t come into force then many people would be denied the basic rights to life, for example the right to marry and start a family, right to education. Also more important rights such as: the right to fair trial. Also the idea that no one must be punished without law which prevents injustice. The act also allows everyone the equal right to freedom of religion and belief, also everyone is entitles to freedom of thoughts and expression. Another aspect of