Fundamental rights and freedoms
Your fundamental rights and freedoms are guaranteed by the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
- You have the right to life, to personal security, integrity and freedom.
For example, you have the right to be protected from threats and acts of aggression, whether physical or psychological.
- You have the right to freedom of conscience and of religion.
For example, you have the right to practice the religion of your choice or not to adhere to any belief or religion. Freedom of religion also means that the State cannot impose a religion on the population or favour one religion over another.
- You have the right to freedom of assembly and association.
For example, you have the right to take part in a peaceful demonstration and you have a right to be a member of a union or an association.
- You have the right to the safeguard of your dignity, of your honour and your reputation.
For example, a person cannot publish false information about you.
- You have the right to have your privacy respected.
For example, you have the right to protect your privacy as it relates to your home or your physical integrity, whether this involves the search of your home or the taking a blood sample without your consent.
- You have a right to have information you provide to certain professionals, as part of their jobs, kept confidential.
For example, information you provide to your doctor during a medical consultation are protected by professional secrecy.