What is The Human Rights Act 1998? What does it involve?

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Any help would be appreciated!

Posted Wed 19th September, 2012 @ 19:17 by R.Perkins

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The 1998 Human Rights act incorporated the European Convention of Human Rights into Uk law. The European Convention of Human Rights followed two years after the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in 1948 which was approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Basically, every person has the right to: fairness, respect, equality and dignity. It includes:

  • the right to life,
  • the right not to be tortured or subject to any inhuman treatment,
  • the right not to be held in slavery,
  • the right to a fair trial (innocent until proven guilty),
  • the right to liberty and freedom
  • the right to marry and respect for privacy and family life
  • the right to freedom of thought, belief and religion
  • the right to free speech

The Act can be used by any person resident in England or Wales.

Answered Mon 13th May, 2013 @ 20:51 by Sunset
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Thanks a lot! Great info :D

Answered Wed 15th May, 2013 @ 19:27 by R.Perkins