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The Human Rights Act (UK)

Geographic relevance: United Kingdom

Language: English

Data type: Legal citations

About this resource:

This is the primary human rights law in the UK. The HRA sets the following common procedural safeguards for a person who is arrested or detained:

  • The person must be told why they are being detained;
  • They must be brought before a judge promptly – i.e. without undue delay;
  • The person can challenge the lawfulness of the detention; and
  • Victims of unlawful detention are entitled to compensation.

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