Civil rights

The rights belonging to a person through citizenship. The term refers to fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution and various acts of Congress. Among these are freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, a free press, freedom of worship, , due process, equal protection of the laws, and freedom from discrimination. Some experts argue that many of these rights are “natural” and inherent in all people – rather than created through Constitutional law. Some experts refer to natural civil rights as political rights.

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