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Human rights

The Human Rights Act 1998 incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights into the UK legislative framework, with the effect that human rights cases can now be heard in UK courts.

The Human Rights Act contains the following rights:

  • The right to life
  • The right not to be tortured or treated in an inhuman or degrading way
  • The right to be free from slavery or forced labour
  • The right to liberty
  • The right to a fair trial
  • The right to no punishment without law
  • The right to respect for private and family life, home and correspondence
  • The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion
  • The right to freedom of expression
  • The right to freedom of assembly and association
  • The right to marry and found a family
  • The right not to be discriminated against in relation to any of the rights in European Convention
  • The right to a peaceful enjoyment of possessions
  • The right to education
  • The right to free elections

Although some of these rights may not appear to have an application to our type of organisation, others are clearly relevant to our day-to-day work. There is currently no legal duty to promote human rights, in the same way as other equality legislation. However, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust carries out equality impact assessments, which includes human rights, on our policies to check that our functions, services, policies or procedures are not infringing people’s human rights. 

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