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Human Rights as Stipulated in Constitution

Our constitution contains a lot of rights as individuals. In fact, our constitution is very unique compared to those of other countries. But how can we expect these laws to be enforced if we don’t even know them ourselves? Let’s take a look at a few.

  • The state must respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights in the Bill of Rights.
  • The Bill of Rights applies to all law, and binds the legislature, the executive, the judiciary and all organs of state.
  • Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law.
  • Everyone has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected.
  • Everyone has the right to life.
  • Everyone has the right to freedom and security of the person, which includes the right:
  1. not to be deprived of freedom arbitrarily or without just cause;
  2. not to be detained without trial;
  3. to be free from all forms of violence from either public or private sources;
  4. not to be tortured in any way; and
  5. not to be treated or punished in a cruel, inhuman or degrading way.
  • Everyone has the right to bodily and psychological integrity, which includes the right
  1. to make decisions concerning reproduction;
  2. to security in and control over their body; and
  3. not to be subjected to medical or scientific experiments without their informed consent.
  • No one may be subjected to slavery, servitude or forced labor.
  • Everyone has the right to privacy.
  • Everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion.
  • Everyone has the right to freedom of expression.
  • Everyone has the right, peacefully and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket and to present petitions.
  • Everyone has the right to freedom of association.
  • Every citizen is free to make political choices,
  • No citizen may be deprived of citizenship.
  • Everyone has the right to freedom of movement.
  • Every citizen has the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession freely.
  • Everyone has the right to fair labor practices.
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