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

Examples of human rights in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their accounts could not be independently verified, but human rights groups have corroborated similar episodes. Tiksa Negeri, BostonGlobe.com, "African migrants in Yemen scapegoated for coronavirus outbreak," 28 June 2020 There was withering criticism from human rights groups, but the mandatory quarantine stemmed the spread of HIV. Ann Louise Bardach, Washington Post, "A glimpse of Cuba, beyond tourist sites and revolutionary heroes," 26 June 2020 At that signing and today's State Department event was New Jersey Republican Rep. Chris Smith, who has fought for human rights and against human trafficking over his 39 years in Washington. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Ivanka Trump hails ‘heroes’ fighting human trafficking: ‘One person has the power’," 25 June 2020 Bolton also writes that in June 2019, Trump supported Xi’s policy of detaining members of the Uyghur minority in China’s Xinjiang province, a practice that human rights groups have widely condemned. John Walcott, Time, "Bolton's New Book Alleges Trump Routinely Put Political Ambitions Above U.S. National Interests," 18 June 2020 Both raised in Brooklyn, the two bonded over their professional interest in human rights and their engagement in local politics, becoming friends from there on. Erica Orden, CNN, "How two promising lawyers found themselves facing life in prison for alleged Molotov cocktail attack during protests in NY," 17 June 2020 Still, the findings add credence to the human rights groups and government watchdogs who say democracy is in decline around the world. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "People living in democracies don’t think their countries are very democratic," 15 June 2020 The protests for him were a demand for basic human rights. Helen Wieffering, azcentral, "First-time protesters in Arizona join the march in support of black lives," 11 June 2020 Mel is an anti-war candidate who will fight for human rights all over the world. Aleda Gagarin, refinery29.com, "What It’s Like To Run A Progressive Challenger’s Campaign In Queens, NY," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of human rights

1629, in the meaning defined above

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“Human rights.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human%20rights. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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human rights

noun plural

Legal Definition of human rights

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

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