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

Examples of human right in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Access to safe and affordable water is a fundamental human right. Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2024 Being able to access health care is a fundamental human right, and medical schools need to step up and lead the charge in guaranteeing that right. Amelia Mercado and J. Wesley Boyd, STAT, 25 Sep. 2023 At the heart of the lawsuit is the basic and fundamental human right to clean and safe drinking water, said the plaintiff’s lawyers. Dorany Pineda, Chicago Tribune, 21 Aug. 2023 Abandoning public pools Gaining entry to swimming pools was a top priority for civil rights groups, who saw recreation as a fundamental human right. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 22 July 2023 Pleasure is a fundamental human right that was long reserved for men. Dr. Catalina Lawsin, USA TODAY, 10 July 2023 Rangel's art focuses on environmental equity as a basic human right. Brittanie Shey, Chron, 6 Apr. 2023 Water is a fundamental human right. Jim Andrew, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2023 The city of San Diego recently voted housing is a human right, and the county of San Diego has declared homelessness a public health crisis. Jim Vargas, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Mar. 2023

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“Human right.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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