- human right
- noun(law) any basic right or freedom to which all human beings are entitled and in whose exercise a government may not interfere (including rights to life and liberty as well as freedom of thought and expression and equality before the law)• Hypernyms: ↑right• Hyponyms:↑right to privacy, ↑right to life, ↑right to liberty, ↑right to the pursuit of happiness, ↑freedom of thought, ↑equality before the law, ↑civil right
* * *noun, pl ⋯ rights [count]: a basic right (such as the right to be treated well or the right to vote) that many societies believe every person should have
They believe that freedom of speech is a basic human right.— usually plural
The defendant was deprived of his human rights.
human rights violations
* * *ˌhuman ˈright [human right] noun usually pluralone of the basic rights that everyone has to be treated fairly and not in a cruel way, especially by their government
The country has a poor record on human rights.
to campaign for human rights
•human rights abuses/violations
Useful english dictionary. 2012.