human right


: a basic right (such as the right to be treated well or the right to vote) that many societies believe every person should have
They believe that freedom of speech is a basic human right.
The defendant was deprived of his human rights.
human rights violations

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some have even argued that it should, alongside access to clean water and electricity, be considered a basic human right. Marian Selorm Sapah, Fortune, 1 Mar. 2023 Gorgeous women are shot purposefully in the eye at close range, smiling and laughing, and claiming that losing an eye was worth it to fight for their freedom, to exercise their human right to protest. Tara Grammy, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Feb. 2023

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“Human right.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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