human rights

noun
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:
1785–95

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human rights
 
pl n
the rights of individuals to liberty, justice, etc

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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.
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Example sentences
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.
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