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human rights

plural 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 of human rights
1785-95 Unabridged
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human rights

plural noun
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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