Human Rights Act 1998

A general guide to the Human Rights Act, with information about your human rights and what you can do if someone doesn’t respect them. Applies to England and Wales.

What are my rights under the Human Rights Act?

In total, there are 16 rights set out in the Human Rights Act:

Article 2: Right to life
Article 3: Prohibition of torture
Article 4: Prohibition of slavery and forced labour
Article 5: Right to liberty and security
Article 6: Right to a fair trial
Article 7: No punishment without law
Article 8: Respect for your private and family life
Article 9: Freedom of thought, conscience and religion
Article 10: Freedom of expression
Article 11: Freedom of assembly and association
Article 12: Right to marry
Article 14: Prohibition of discrimination
Article 1 of Protocol 1: Protection of property
Article 2 of Protocol 1: Right to education
Article 3 of Protocol 1: Right to free elections
Article 1 of Protocol 13: Abolition of the death penalty

The linked Articles are particularly important for people with mental health problems.


This information was published in August 2017. We will revise it in 2019.

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