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What does international human rights law say about limiting human rights?

Rights Rights and Freedoms
Scales of Justice with parchment scroll of UDHR
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    International human rights law says there is a small group of rights that cannot be limited, suspended or restricted under any circumstances. These rights are known as non-derogable or absolute rights. 

    They include:

    • The right to life (ICCPR Article 6).
    • Freedom from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (ICCPR Article 7).
    • Freedom from slavery and servitude (ICCPR Article 8).
    • The right to recognition as a person before the law (ICCPR Article 16).

    Most other human rights can be limited or restricted in specific situations. 

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