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human rights

fundamental rights, especially those believed to belong to an individual and in whose exercise a government may not interfere, as the rights to speak, associate, work, etc.
Origin of human rights
1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for human rights
  • On the nonacademic side, he expects to apply to some consulting firms and nongovernmental organizations focused on human rights.
  • We were the first university to offer an accelerated law program and the first to offer an undergraduate program in human rights.
  • They are a bunch of idiots who don't think of a family, disrespect human rights, and then shoot you.
  • If you don't care about human rights issues, etc, that's fine.
  • Note that this can also apply to other issues such as fair labour practices and human rights issues.
  • Both have human rights, but none more than the other.
  • Many of those who served the country risking their lives for defending human rights and democracy fall into this category.
  • Some advocates already consider this a violation of their human rights.
  • It has brushed away earlier criticism of tolerance for its ally's poor record on human rights and economic management.
  • It represses civil society and violates human rights.
British Dictionary definitions for human rights

human rights

plural noun
the rights of individuals to liberty, justice, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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human rights in Culture

human rights definition

Freedom from arbitrary interference or restriction by governments. The term encompasses largely the same rights called civil liberties or civil rights but often suggests rights that have not been recognized.

Note: Political leaders in the United States often use the expression when speaking of rights violated by other nations.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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