Human Rights Act 1998

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Human Rights Act 1998

A UK Parliamentary Act which gives further effect to rights and freedoms guaranteed under the European Convention on Human Rights (“Convention rights”), with respect to holders of certain judicial offices who become judges of the European Court of Human Rights and for connected purposes. The Act applies to public authorities, including those bodies which carry out public functions, and applies to private parties carrying out a public function, as would be a private company under contract to manage a prison.

Human Rights Act 1998—Convention rights
Article 2—Abolishes death penalty; life is to be protected and right to life promoted.
Article 3—Protects against torture and inhuman treatment.
Article 5—Protects right to liberty, security of person andagainst unlawful detention.
Article 6—Right to a fair and public hearing.
Article 8—Right to privacy, family life and protection from disclosure of information without consent.
Article 9—Freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
Article 10—Freedom of expression.
Article 14—Freedom from discrimination.
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SIR - In the recent Queen's Speech the new Government announced its intention to launch a consultation on replacing the 1998 Human Rights Act with a "British Bill of Rights".
Relatives of the rubber plantation workers killed in colonial-era Malaya in 1948 are testing whether the UK's human rights obligations to investigate deaths can apply retrospectively to events before the passing of the 1998 Human Rights Act.
Met commanders also failed to take account of their duties under section 11 of the Children Act 2004, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, and to support their right to demonstrate and enjoy freedom of expression under the 1998 Human Rights Act.
Criminals have reportedly been using the 1998 Human Rights Act to avoid being sent back to their homelands - despite a pledge by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to remove any foreigner who breaks the law.
The central legal issue to be decided by the High Court is whether the school's policy amounted to unlawful discrimination under the 1976 Race Relations Act, the freedom of religion provisions of the 2006 Equality Act and the 1998 Human Rights Act.
The Court of Appeal does not believe so, pointing out that such a ruling would put virtually every social services department in the country in breach of the 1998 Human Rights Act and throw the provision of care into utter confusion.
The group has prepared a case under the 1998 Human Rights Act claiming that the Government's refusal to allow funeral pyres makes it impossible for Hindus and Sikhs to practise their religion.
He even quotes Article Eight of the 1998 Human Rights Act which states that "everyone has a right to respect for his private and family life.
Article 8 of the 1998 Human Rights Act, which enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights into British Law, states that: 'Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence'.
At the Court of Session in Edinburgh, Mr Friend, a supporter of the Berwickshire Hunt, said it violated the 1998 Human Rights Act and the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Explaining the significance of the latter's presence at a meeting described last night by Bradley as "very productive", Chalk said: "The 1998 Human Rights Act enshrined into UK law the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights which means that, instead of running off to Europe, all relevant matters can be resolved at the High Court.