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Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion

Article 9 of the Human Rights Act is one which relates very heavily to the reason the European Convention on Human Rights was first put together. It sets out that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion, including the right to change that religion or belief. It also sets out that everyone has the right to manifest their religion or belief either alone or in community with others, including worship, teaching, and practice. Why is this so important? Put simply, because millions of murdered Jews testified to it’s importance.

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Right to Respect for Private and Family Life

Continuing my monthly series of posts looking at the various articles of Human rights, and what society might be like without them, this month I focus on the right to respect for private and family life.

Article B of the Human Rights Act 1993 and the European Convention on Human Rights sets out that everyone has the right to respect for their private and family life, their home and their correspondence. This is, perhaps, one of the most used articles in claims launched by prisoners. But why?

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Human Rights and the Right to Life

There has been talk of doing away with the Human Rights Act (or replacing it with a British Bill of Rights) for many years now, and it sometimes seems like it is fast becoming an inevitability. If you listen to what you are told by the government, the public are in full support of this. Well that may or may not be true, but the real question is, should they be?

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