Human Rights Definition

Human Rights

In common parlance, the rights all people have just by virtue of being human. As defined by the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, these rights are those that are "inherent to all human beings, whatever [their] nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status." Human rights recognized by the United Nations include the rights to life, liberty, and the security of person; the right to be free of slavery; the right to be free of torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment; the right to recognition as a person under the law; the right to fair process and hearing; the right to privacy; the right to a family; the right to freedom of religion, expression, and association; and the right to an education.