from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • The basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled, often held to include the right to life and liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law.

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  • n. The basic rights and freedoms that all humans should be guaranteed, such as the right to life and liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law.
  • n. Plural form of human right.


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  • On foreign policy, the new administration declared itself moving away from Kissingerian realpolitik to greater emphasis on human rights and the Third World.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • An international coalition of human rights activists, progressive municipal leaders, trade unions, and environmental organizations—collectively known as water warriors—are collaborating to achieve the recognition of water as a human right, improved access to water for poor people, the decommodification of water, taxes for excessive water use, and the defense of elected municipal governments as the key institution in water delivery, rather than private businesses.


  • TORTURE: THE NEW PARADIGMNo president has done more for human rights than I have.

    Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq

  • Already, General Comment No. 15, adopted in 2002 by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, recognized that the right to water is a prerequisite for realizing all other human rights and for living in dignity.62


  • United Nations Human Rights Council, “Joint study on global practices in relation to secret detention in the context of countering terrorism of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.”

    The Longest War

  • But all defenders of human rights should want Sir Nicolas and the justice secretary Kenneth Clarke who becomes chair of the Council of Europe's council of ministers in November to use this window of opportunity to help shape the court, and the debate about it, more constructively.

    In praise of … Sir Nicolas Bratza | Editorial

  • The president believed, in Raymond Garthoffs authoritative analysis, that his continued vocal agitation on the human rights issue should have no effect on other aspects of bilateral relations.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • Such forced disappearances were human rights violations that the United States had in the past condemned, whether committed by right- or left-wing dictatorships.

    The Longest War

  • Shultz sought to negotiate deep cuts in nuclear weapons, resolve outstanding bilateral disputes, improve the internal human rights situation, and gain Moscows cooperation in addressing regional security problems.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • Cuba, along with many other human rights violators, voted in favor of the resolution, and, in its EOV, attacked the United States.

    Surrender is not an Option


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