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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Among them were educators, historians, theologians and human rights leaders. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Philanthropists need to ask themselves hard questions about where their money is going," 20 July 2019 That the report was issued by Michelle Bachelet, U.N. high commissioner for human rights, should have special meaning. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "In a United Nations Report, a Socialist Details Venezuela’s Horrors," 17 July 2019 The decision to play in Saudi Arabia has sparked mixed reactions on social media, with some fans complaining that the band shouldn’t play in the country due to its poor human rights record. Rachel Yang,, "BTS announces stadium show in Saudi Arabia: See the mixed reactions," 15 July 2019 Are those who write epic space operas (no matter how good those space operas might be) really the right people to ask about the future of work or water policy or human rights? Rose Eveleth, WIRED, "Can Sci-Fi Writers Prepare Us for an Uncertain Future?," 12 July 2019 The award recognizes those who reflect the spirit, strength and courage of tennis great Arthur Ashe, who was a vocal human rights campaigner for over three decades. Michael Shapiro,, "Bill Russell Honored With Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs," 10 July 2019 This is the first time the Mexican federal government has challenged the legitimacy of the human rights commission since its creation as a government watchdog in 1992. Luis Gómez Romero, The Conversation, "Mexican president López Obrador has a woman problem," 10 July 2019 Can win our basic human rights in time before the reality of climate change takes over? Bridget Read, Vogue, "60 Years After Her First Vogue Cover, Jane Fonda on Acting, Activism, and Having No Regrets," 9 July 2019 Doctors should have gotten the message by now that deserting patients is a violation of medical practice standards, not to mention human rights. STAT, "Stop persecuting doctors for legitimately prescribing opioids for chronic pain," 28 June 2019

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1629, in the meaning defined above

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human rights

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

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