- 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
First recorded in 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for human rights
There have been at least 50 cases similar to the bathhouse raid in the last 18 months, human-rights groups estimate.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays
December 30, 2014
As the director of Freedom Now, I hold Intigam Aliyev in high esteem and have long respected his work as a human-rights lawyer.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
Many prominent Congolese human-rights activists consider minerals to be at the heart of the perpetration of atrocities.Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War
December 3, 2014
Human-rights groups, however, said most of those arrested were released for lack of evidence.Al-Shabab’s Anti-Christian Slaughter
December 3, 2014
He patiently explains that overheating prisoners is not just a human-rights issue.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
- the rights of individuals to liberty, justice, etc
Political leaders in the United States often use the expression when speaking of rights violated by other nations.
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