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Human Rights


This section contains information about the human rights act and the rights and freedoms protected by the act. There is also information about the UK involvement in international human rights treaties. We are responsible for the human rights act law and policy. However, we are not responsible for enforcing the act and cannot investigate alleged human rights violations.

If you want information on bringing a human rights case to court, you must contact a solicitor or legal advisor. We can not provide this advice.

The Human Rights Act received royal assent in 1998 and came into force in October 2000



What's New

04 April 2005
Human Rights Act amendment: Amending legislation on the right to liberty and security was laid in parliament on 4 April 2005.
A statutory instrument was today laid in Parliament by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer of Thoroton. It removes the derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) which the Government made in 2001. The UK is once again fully compliant with its international obligations under Article 5 (the right to liberty and security). This follows the repeal of the detention provisions in the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, which have been replaced by the Control Orders under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005.

25 February 2005
Speech by David Lammy: Human rights under attack

26 January 2005
Establishment of a European Fundamental Rights Agency.
On 25 October 2004, the European Commission issued a consultation paper for a European Union Fundamental Rights Agency. The UK Government published a response to the Commission's proposal, laying out its vision of a body to monitor compliance with human rights of the European institutions. These documents and further information are available on the European Commission website.

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