human rights

plural noun

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

Examples of human rights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There have been years of complaints about poor conditions and human rights violations at migrant detention facilities in Mexico, including inadequate ventilation, food and water, and overflowing toilets. Mark Stevenson, ajc, 1 Apr. 2023 Trump administration officials and advisers pushed the nuclear effort, often secretly — an initiative to which some senators objected, citing Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and the potential for development of nuclear arms. Kate Kelly, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2023 The longtime human rights advocate joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), for a press conference outside the Capitol on Tuesday. Graeme Jennings, Washington Examiner, 1 Apr. 2023 That ambiguity — trying to admonish countries for their crimes and human rights issues while also trying to engage with them diplomatically — has resulted in a seemingly mixed policy in the region. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 31 Mar. 2023 See all Example Sentences for human rights 

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Word History

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of human rights was in 1629

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“Human rights.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human%20rights. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

human rights

noun plural
: rights (as freedom from unlawful imprisonment, torture, and execution) regarded as belonging fundamentally to all people

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