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The Human Rights Act (HRA) was trumpeted as the means by which we would be ‘bringing rights home’. However, the home, as a private place, is largely immune from the reach of the HRA and the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). In simplistic terms, the convention was drawn up as a supervisory instrument in the context of the relationship between the state and the individual. It was not designed to impinge upon private lives (although, by Article 8, it protects them).

 

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