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    What happens when governments aren't responsible for your rights?

    Although many countries have signed many agreements about rights, still people's rights are violated, especially children's.

    Child Soldiers

    One example of this is child soldiers. Countries are not allowed to use children under fifteen in combat, though it is estimated that 300,000 children are actively involved in wars.

    The BBC and the government did a survey to find out what people thought about their rights. Check out the results.

    What happens if my rights clash with your rights?

    Sometimes the rights of different people conflict and the courts have to find a balance between these rights.

    Right to respect for private and family life
    This part of the Act says there should be respect for everyone's private life and family life, their homes and their correspondence (their phone calls, letters, e-mails etc.).

    This means you have the right to get on with your life without any authority stopping you.

    I'm a celebrity, leave me alone!

    There is a similar existing right in British law, which Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas used to take Hello! Magazine to court.

    The two stars argued that the magazine shouldn't publish pictures of them at their wedding. They said their right to privacy and confidentiality had been denied because, even though they were public figures, it was a private wedding and they should be allowed to say what pictures could be published.

    Whose right is right?

    The Human Rights Act says we have the Right to Freedom of Expression.

    "Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers."

    This means we have the right to have our own opinions to say what we want.

    In the Zeta Jones case, the newspapers used this right to defend themselves in court.

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