Human Rights Act

A human rights act is a statute that sets out individual rights and freedoms under the law. Many jurisdictions have bills of rights enshrined into law and called the "Human Rights Act". This naming convention is commonly used in Commonwealth nations. The following nations have human rights acts:


ACT Human Rights Act 2004
Victoria Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2004


Canadian Human Rights Act, 1977
Human Rights Act 2003, an Act of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

Republic of Ireland

European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003

New Zealand

Human Rights Act 1993

United Kingdom

Human Rights Act 1998

United States

DC Human Rights Act 1997

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