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Part B - The Right to Respect for Privacy, Home and Correspondence

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The right to privacy should be seen in conjunction with other civil rights such as the right to freedom of expression, the right to manifest your religion, to move and choose your place of residence and to assemble and associate with others. The right to privacy provides the individual with a fundamental right to physical and mental integrity as well as a physical and social identity. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has held that the right to privacy builds on the principle of personal autonomy. The right to privacy is enshrined in Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and in Article 17 of the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), in the form of a prohibition against arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy, family life, home, and correspondence.

Keywords:European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR); family life; home; ICCPR; privacy; Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)



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