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Human rights

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms all people should be guaranteed.

They are universal, apply equally to everyone and are founded on the principle of dignity for every human being.

Traditional civil liberties – rights and freedoms that protect an individual from state abuse of power – are a part of our British history of human rights.

Find out about some of the human rights and civil liberties issues facing the UK today.

What are human rights?

Every person has fundamental rights – whoever they are and wherever they're from.

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The Human Rights Act

The Human Rights Act is our tool for defending our rights and seeking justice.

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Human rights in the UK after Brexit

How we can make sure we bring home our rights.

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Privacy

Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

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Countering terrorism

Human rights law requires the State to take steps to protect the right to life – which includes measures to prevent terrorism.

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Asylum and borders

"Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution."    

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Free speech and protest

The right to freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest are crucial in a democracy.

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Victims' rights

The protection of victims of crime and human rights abuses lies at the heart of human rights law.

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Fighting discrimination

Discrimination, based on ignorance or prejudice, has been the cause of some of the world’s most horrendous human rights abuses.

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No torture

The prohibition on torture or inhuman or degrading treatment is one of the few absolute rights – it can never be justified.    

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Justice and fair trials

Justice is at the heart of a democratic society. It means laws should apply equally to all, and that everyone should have the right to a fair trial.

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