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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.


What are my rights under the Human Rights Act?

In total, there are 16 rights set out in the Human Rights Act, which are listed below. The articles which are particularly important to people with mental health problems are linked to more information:

This information was published in January 2020. We will revise it in 2022.

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