human rights

plural noun

Definition of human rights 

: rights (such as freedom from unlawful imprisonment, torture, and execution) regarded as belonging fundamentally to all persons

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For hours, police did not permit ambulances or human rights workers to get to the church. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Two killed as pro-government militia traps protesters in Nicaraguan church," 14 July 2018 One year on from his death as a political prisoner, a sculpture dedicated to the late Chinese human rights activist Liu Xiaobo was unveiled Friday in Taipei. Suyin Haynes / Taipei, Time, "One Year on From His Death, Taiwan Remembers Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo," 13 July 2018 Meanwhile, activists with human rights groups said they are frustrated at fruitless efforts to influence Washington. Joseph Menn, The Christian Science Monitor, "Silicon Valley employees increasingly push companies on ethics," 13 July 2018 Keith believed that adequate food was a basic human right. courant.com, "Keith and Audrey Dubay," 12 July 2018 As the University of Rhode Island’s Erik Loomis counsels, the only way to truly enforce such standards, as well as protect the human rights of workers, is to enable them to file trade disputes when a company breaks the rules. David Dayen, The New Republic, "The Inevitable Death of Global Trade As We Know It," 12 July 2018 Each of these hospitals shares a deep commitment to the idea that health care is a human right. Vijay Govindarajan, STAT, "What India can teach the U.S. about driving down the cost of health care," 10 July 2018 Liu Xiaobo was only the second Nobel Peace Prize winner to die in police custody, and human rights group say that shows the Communist Party’s increasingly hard line. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "Nobel widow allowed to leave China after long house arrest," 10 July 2018 Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will take over Johannesburg's FNB Stadium for three days before the fifth anniversary of the passing of the human rights activist, leader and revolutionary on Dec. 13, 2013. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Beyonce & JAY-Z, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder and More to Headline Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100," 9 July 2018

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1629, in the meaning defined above

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human rights

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