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6.2. Recognition and equality before the law (s 8)

  1. Section 8 states:

    8 Recognition and equality before the law

    (1) Every person has the right to recognition as a person before the law.

    (2) Every person has the right to enjoy his or her human rights without discrimination.

    (3) Every person is equal before the law and is entitled to equal protection of the law without discrimination and has the right to equal and effective protection against discrimination

    (4) Measures taken for the purpose of assisting or advancing persons or groups of persons disadvantaged because of discrimination do not constitute discrimination.

  2. Under s 3 of the Charter, ‘person’ means a human being.

Last updated: 10 May 2016

In This Section

6.2.1. Discrimination under the Charter

6.2.2. Recognition as a person before the law (s 8(1))

6.2.3. Enjoyment of human rights without discrimination (s 8(2))

6.2.4. The right to equality (s 8(3))

6.2.5. Special measures (s 8(4))

6.2.6. Equal Opportunity Act 2010 exemption applications

See Also

6. Charter Rights

6.1. Introduction: ‘Charter rights’

6.3. Right to life (s 9)

6.4. Protection from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment (s 10)

6.5. Freedom from forced work (s 11)

6.6. Freedom of movement (s 12)

6.7. Privacy and reputation (s 13)

6.8. Freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief (s 14)

6.9. Freedom of expression (s 15)

6.10. Peaceful assembly and freedom of association (s 16)

6.11. Protection of families and children (s 17)

6.12. Taking part in public life (s 18)

6.13. Cultural rights (s 19)

6.14. Property (s 20)

6.15. Right to liberty and security of the person (s 21)

6.16. Humane treatment when deprived of liberty (s 22)

6.17. Children in the criminal process (s 23)

6.18. Fair hearing (s 24)

6.19. Rights in criminal proceedings (s 25)

6.20. Right not to be tried or punished more than once (s 26)

6.21. Retrospective criminal laws (s 27)