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York, The City of Human Rights

York PCOL is the name of an organisation promoting human rights in the City of York and surrounding area. Ultimately, the area covered will extend to all of Yorkshire.

Initially, York PCOL will concentrate on Human Rights for the City of York, as it was declared the first human rights city in the UK (see below for details). This declaration was made by the City of York Council in 2017.

We need to report cases where our human rights have been abused by the council. The objective of this site is to collect in a database, grievances with the council, for abuses of our human rights or similar. It can also collect "thank yous" where the council has done something useful to promote our human rights.

Please note the following:

1. The terms and conditions for this site are set out here.

2. This site is currently under development and changes will be made without notice. The changes planned are:

a) Extend area of concern from York to all the councils of Yorkshire.

b) Add functionality to allow claims to be generated from the grievances. The claims will be made in the small claims court (MCOL).

c) Link this site to other sites, including the Planetary City of Light (PCOL) of Planetary Healers Yorkshire.

Declaration of Human Rights

York Human Rights City Declaration

York, in becoming a Human Rights City, embraces a vision of a vibrant, diverse, fair and safe community built on the foundations of universal human rights.  This vision is shared by citizens and institutions in our city, including the City Council, North Yorkshire Police, voluntary organisations and faith communities.

We are building on York’s own particular history of democratic innovation, philanthropy and an international outlook, all of which have shaped our commitment to social justice.

This declaration marks an ambition. A significant point in a journey, not a final destination. As the UK’s first Human Rights City we are committed to making our vision real, putting fundamental rights at the heart of our policies, hopes and dreams for the future.

More information is on the York Human Rights website

The declaration of Human Rights was signed in 2017 and covers 5 main area. Please see the York Human Rights website for more information


Health, Social Care and Housing - Article 25 of Universal declaration of Human Rights

  1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

  2. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Education - Article 26 of Universal declaration of Human Rights

  1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

  2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.

Equality and non discrimination - Articles 1,2 & 7 of Universal declaration of Human Rights

  1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

  2. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

  3. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Decent standard of living - Article 3, 23 & 24 of Universal declaration of Human Rights

  1. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

  2. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

  3. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.

  4. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

  5. Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

  6. See also Article 25 (under Health, Social Care and Housing

Other resources

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