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The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) was adopted by the Council of Europe in 1950. The ECHR sets out the rights and freedoms which the contracting parties are required to respect and secure to everyone in their jurisdiction, including rights to:
freedom from torture and other inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
freedom from slavery and forced or compulsory labour
liberty and security of the person
a fair trial
prohibition of retroactive penal legislation
private and family life, home and correspondence
freedom of thought, conscience and religion
freedom of expression
freedom of assembly and association
marry and found a family
an effective remedy for a violation of the rights
freedom from discrimination in respect of specific rights and freedoms
These rights are defined in the main Articles to the ECHR and are enhanced by a series of Protocols covering a range of further issues, including:
peaceful enjoyment of possessions
Some Protocols have not been ratified or signed by the UK.
The rights specified in the ECHR as incorporated in UK law are referred to as Convention rights. The main legislation incorporating the ECHR into UK law is the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998). Not all of ECHR provisions are ratified and incorporated in UK law, but UK courts are required to interpret all legislation in a manner
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