Part III Civil and Political Rights, 16 Right to Privacy—Article 17
From: The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights: Cases, Materials, and Commentary (3rd Edition)
Sarah Joseph, Melissa Castan
- Right to privacy — Right to family — Equality before the law
1. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honour and reputation. 2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks. [16.01] Privacy is a notoriously difficult term to define.1 It has been categorized as a choice, a function, a desire, a right, a condition, and/or a need.2 Privacy has also been defined as the desire of individuals for solitude, intimacy, anonymity, and reserve.3 It has been defined widely as ‘the right...