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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌhjuːmən ˈɹaɪtz/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌhjumən ˈɹaɪtz/
- Hyphenation: hu‧man rights
- (international law) The set of basic rights and freedoms that all humans should be guaranteed, including the right to life and liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law.
- 1992, Nixon, Richard, “The Pacific Triangle”, in Seize the Moment, Simon & Schuster, →ISBN, LCCN 91-37743, OCLC 440652941, page 178:
- We should not facilely judge China by the American standard of democracy, but its current human rights violations are beyond the pale. At the same time, we should not suspend our relationship because of the human rights issue. If we had always refused to deal with leaders who violated human rights, there would have been no opening to China in 1972.
set of basic rights and freedoms that all humans should be guaranteed
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