History of the Section

Section 13 was modelled on article 17(1) of the ICCPR. See also s. 12 of the Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT). Similar rights exist in comparative law.

Comparative rights table


Section 13. Privacy and reputation

Section 13(a): A person has the right not to have his or her privacy, family, home or correspondence unlawfully or arbitrarily interfered with.

Section 13(b): A person has the right not to have his or her reputation unlawfully attacked.


Article 17:

  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.
ACT: Human Rights Act 2004

Section 12

S Africa: Constitution of the republic of South Africa 1996 Chapter 2
Section 14
UK: Human Rights Act 1998
Schedule 1, art. 8.
Canada: Canadian Charter of Rights and freedoms

No equivalent section

New Zealand: New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990

No equivalent section