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Human Rights Act comes into force 1 November 2006

THE Island’s Human Rights Act comes into force today (November 1, 2006) under an appointed day order made by the Council of Ministers.

The Act incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights into Manx law so that residents can take action in local courts for alleged breaches of their human rights.

The Isle of Man has been covered by the Convention since the 1950s and residents will still have the option of taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg. The principles embodied in the Human Rights Act are not new, but they will be more accessible to the people of the Island.

A free, updated introductory booklet on the Isle of Man Human Rights Act is available from the Tynwald Library and the Chief Secretary’s Office. It is also available online at www.gov.im/cso/initiatives/human.xml along with other relevant information and documentation.

In addition, information about the UK Human Rights Act (on which the Manx Act is based) and recently published updated guidance on its interpretation can be found on the website of the Department for Constitutional Affairs at: http://www.dca.gov.uk/peoples-rights/human-rights/index.htm

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