International human rights laws have the potential to be used to transform the relationship between individuals and those in power. They have been used in a variety of ways, for example by advocates in Ghana to strengthen domestic violence law, in the US to improve wages and working conditions for tomato pickers, and to challenge inhumane prison conditions in South America. However, to date they have been used very little in England, and there is minimal awareness among voluntary and community sector organisations of what they are, how they can be used and their huge potential.
This guide seeks to address this by giving voluntary and community sector organisations information on how to use international human rights laws in creative and effective ways to transform the lives of the people they are working with and for. Human rights laws are there for us all, but they will only be able to fulfil their potential and make a real and practical difference if we take the time to understand and use them.