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Right to Liberty and Security of the Person

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Everyone has the right to liberty and security of the person. The right to liberty and security of the person may nevertheless be subject to derogation by the State in some circumstances. This is clear from the wording of the relevant provisions in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which provide that, "no one shall be subject to arbitrary arrest or detention" and that, "no one shall be deprived of their liberty except on such grounds and in accordance with procedures established by law". The right to liberty and security of the person is not absolute. This is apparent from the words of Article 9(1) of ICCPR. A number of professional codes of conduct developed by the United Nations and the Council of Europe address respect for and implementation of the right to liberty and security of the person.

Keywords:Council of Europe; European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR); ICCPR; liberty; security; United Nations



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