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 Calls mounted for Chun to be punished for corruption and human rights abuses. Hyung-jin Kim,, 22 Nov. 2021 The Wagner Group, owned by a confidant of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been accused by Western governments and U.N. experts of human rights abuses in the Central African Republic and involvement in the conflict in Libya. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 21 Nov. 2021 Denmark has said its training kit in Qatar will feature critical human rights messages, ensuring the tournament will feature player activism. Rob Harris, ajc, 21 Nov. 2021 In March, Norway and Germany both took to the field before matches wearing shirts emblazoned with human rights slogans. NBC News, 21 Nov. 2021 Within the first five days of the protest, 18 civilians and one police officer were killed, with 87 people missing, according to Colombia’s human rights ombudsman. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2021 Though at first the change went mostly unnoticed, boisterous debate broke out this week in a nation that prides itself on its human rights tradition but that also fiercely protects its cultural heritage from foreign meddling. Thomas Adamson, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2021 Do Bach and the I.O.C. have the guts to stand up for one of their own and call out the dictatorial host of its next showcase for a frightening human rights abuse? Kurt Streeter, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 The two governments regularly clash diplomatically over historic human rights abuses during the early 20th century, when Japan occupied South Korea, and experts said neither government is likely to want the other to pull ahead too far militarily. Ben Westcott And Eric Cheung, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of human rights

1629, in the meaning defined above

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“Human rights.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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human rights

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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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