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The Commission is the national expert in equalities and human rights law and we use our legal powers to protect people. Find out how.
In this section you can find out more about the Commission's unique legal powers, our regulatory approach and how we take action.
What are human rights? Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death. They apply regardless of where you are from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life. They can never be taken away, although they can sometimes be restricted – for example if a person breaks the law, or in the interests of national security. These basic rights are based on shared values like dignity, fairness, equality, respect and independence. These values are defined and protected by law.