Sure you’ll need to know about Human Rights within a Religious Studies context (think Sermon on the Mount, Love thy Neighbour, the Golden Rule, we are all equal as teeth of a comb) but you still need to know what Human Rights are and how we are protected.
In the UK we’ve signed up to the UDHR, which is the big one, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, since we’re also protected by the ECHR (European Convention of Human Rights) which Britain signed in the 1950s it also leads us to be protected by the Human Rights Act which Tony Blair’s government brought in in 1998 to make European human rights law get dealt with in Britain. Without the Human Rights Act if you felt someone was denying you your rights then you had to go to a European Court to get your case heard, and possibly won or lost. Yet with the Human Rights Act you can get things dealt with in UK courts. This is quicker and easier… but the current government aren’t keen. Find out why by reading this really simple article on The Independent‘s website.