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Human rights

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  • The Human Rights Act 1998 gives "further effect" to the rights and freedoms guaranteed to everyone under the European Convention on Human Rights. (See Human Rights Act 1998 overview)
  • When reading and giving effect to UK primary and subordinate legislation, the courts and tribunals must, as far as possible, do so in a way that is compatible with the Convention rights. (See Enforcing Convention rights)
  • The Convention rights are to be found in sch.1 to the Human Rights Act 1998. (See The Convention rights)
  • Article 6 gives each person the right to a fair and public hearing. (See Right to a fair and public hearing)
  • Article 8 gives each person the right to respect for their private and family life, their home and correspondence. (See Right to respect for private and family life)
  • Article 9 gives each person the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. (See Freedom of thought, conscience and religion)
  • Article 10 gives each person the right to freedom of expression, which means the freedom to hold opinions and ideas and share them with others without interference. (See Freedom of expression)
  • Article 11 gives each person the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions. (See Freedom of assembly and association)