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Freedom and Security


Everyone has the right to freedom and security of the person, which includes the right: ­

1. not to be deprived of freedom arbitrarily or without just cause;
2. not to be detained without trial;
3. to be free from all forms of violence from either public or private sources;
4. not to be tortured in any way; and
5. not to be treated or punished in a cruel, inhuman or degrading way.

 This section in the Bill of Rights combines a right of freedom and security to a person's bodily integrity. You have the right to make your own decisions about your body, and be free of violence.

We have a right to our freedom - to not have our movements restricted, or to not be unjustifiably detained. You cannot be constrained if it is unreasonable or procedurally unfair of the state to do so, which is linked to why we need a fair and just legal system. This is also why we cannot be detained without a trial.

Freedom and security are not only a concern within an autocratic or tyrannical state. According to the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, violence can also take place during the process of post-conflict democratisation, especially during the period of reconciliation and rehabilitation.

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