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What rights are protected under the Human Rights Act?

In the UK, human rights are protected by the Human Rights Act 1998. The Act gives effect to the human rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights.

In this section you will find information on the different rights protected under the Human Rights Act.

Your right to life

Explains how the right to life is protected by article 2 of the Human Rights Act 1998 and when the article may be breached.

Your right to respect for private and family life

Explains how the right to respect for your family and private life is protected by article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998 and when a public authority may be breach the article.

Your right to personal liberty

Explains how the right to personal liberty is protected by article 5 of the Human Rights Act 1998 meaning you cannot be detained for reasons other than criminal activity or mental health issues.

Your right not to be tortured or treated in an inhuman way

Explains how article 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998 protects you from torture or inhuman treatment, which causes you severe mental or physical suffering.

Your right to a fair trial

Explains how the right to a fair trial is protected by article 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the types of criminal and civil hearings or proceedings that are covered by the article.

Your right to freedom of religion and belief

Explains how you right to hold and express a religious or non-religious belief is protected by article 9 of the Human Rights Act 1998 and when the article may be breached.

Other rights protected under the Human Rights Act

Lists some of the rights protected under the Human Rights Act 1998, including rights to education, freedom of expression, non-discrimination and protection of property.