St Helena’s Equality and Human Rights Commission

Human Rights are rights integral to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion or any other status. Human Rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights without discrimination. 

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Declaration sets out universal values and a common standard for all peoples and all nations.

In St Helena’s Constitution there is a chapter that sets out important Human Rights on St Helena, other rights are found in our laws. There are 16 rights in St Helena’s Constitution, called Clauses.

The role of the St Helena Equality and Human Rights Commission is to empower people to resolve their disputes and to shape law and policy, advocate for change and work closely with a range of partners to create a fairer society; preventing similar problems for others who feel marginalised, excluded and discriminated against.

Contact information

For more information about Human Rights on St Helena, contact: