What are human rights?

They are rights and freedoms that fall on every human being, for the simple fact of being a human. They safeguard the lives and dignity of all, while limiting the powers of various agents of the State in relation to the citizen. They are recognised by international instruments signed by member States, in addition to domestic laws and regulations, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966).

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