Civil Human Rights Legal Terms Glossary

Fundamental rights inherent to all human beings, codified into law, that protect individual liberties, prohibit discrimination and uphold human dignity.

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Civil & Human Rights

  • Civil LibertiesFundamental individual rights and freedoms guaranteed by law and the Constitution against potential government overreach or oppression.

  • Civil RightsThe basic rights and freedoms guaranteed to individuals by a nation's constitution and laws.

  • DiscriminationThe unjust or prejudicial treatment of different individuals or groups, typically due to characteristics like race, age, gender, disability or religion.

  • Equal ProtectionThe constitutional guarantee that all people be treated equally under the law.

  • Habeas CorpusA legal instrument that requires law enforcement to bring a prisoner before the court to determine if the person's imprisonment or detention is lawful.

  • Human rightsFundamental rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion or other status.