Questions tagged [human-rights]

For questions about human rights and their protection under law. "Human rights" are those that are broadly recognized as both universal and worthy of respect by law even if not explicitly protected by law.

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Who is supposed to teach the law to the citizens?

As I understand, in general, not knowing the law does not excuse violating it. That should apply to most if not all jurisdictions in most cases with very few exceptions. From personal experience, ...
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Can U.S. states establish state religions?

The first amendment says: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the ...
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Can a cop direct a pharmacist to fill a known fraudulent prescription in order to convict a subject of a higher crime?

If a cop is responding to a known fraudulent prescription, ask the pharmacist to stall the subject until they arrive so he can arrest the subject, but, instead of making the arrest for attempt to ...
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Does a police officer have to get permission to break the law?

Does a police officer require permission before breaking the law? Justice Brandeis states: Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same ...
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When in consent necessary for touching someone?

When is consent to touch another person necessary and what constitutes consent? This question focuses on intimate, romantic or sexual relationships between two adults. At school they have been pushing ...
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Opt Out Consent under GDPR

I am having an Android App which uses certain service such as Analytics, Ad Networks. I am taking the consent from the user at when the app starts, i.e. before collecting any info. But there are ...
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Can I waive my statutory rights?

I've noticed that Steam has recently added this bit of text to its review and confirm page: By clicking the button below to proceed you agree that Valve provides you immediate access to digital ...
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Self incrimination vs. obstruction of justice / destruction of evidence

Suppose a police officer has probable cause to arrest me based on evidence in plain sight. He wants to initiate a search pursuant to arrest. Before the officer can detain me, I put the (alleged) ...
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Failing to mention when questioned something you later rely on in court

If you are arrested in the UK, you'll hear that your rights include a rider inserted by the 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, after "you do not have to say anything": But, it may harm ...
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Must a minor be given access to his parents if requested when detained by police or a school?

I was surprised to learn that police can question a minor without the presence, permission, or even notification of the minor's legal guardian. (Even when investigating a matter unrelated to the ...
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Is it legal to film and record in public areas in Sweden?

The title says it all: Is it legal to film and record anything in public areas in Sweden (e.g. using a mobile phone)? Starting from roads/trees/object to people and especially the police (e.g. in a ...
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Are county clerks exempt from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title VII, employees are offered certain protections under the law. However, section f states that (f) The term “employee” means an individual employed by an ...
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GDPR - Withdrawn user consent

I have been reading alot about user consent management according to the GDPR and one problem I can't see solved anywhere is managing withdrawn consent. The user gives his consent to use his data and ...
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Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights override the United States Constitution?

Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights override the United States Constitution when it comes to the rights of civilians?
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Were Nazi atrocities legal according the German law of the time?

I have recently had a discussion with a German who claims that Nuremberg trials were entirely based on ex-post-facto laws, and all the atrocities Nazis did were legal according Germany's and ...
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Is it illegal for a family member to withhold/hide the passport of a legal adult, from the rightful owner - in the UK?

If yes, what action should be taken and on what grounds is it classed as illegal? Considering that both individuals are UK citizens, with a passport registered respectively, does it go against the ...
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What are my privileges, as opposed to my rights

This question pertains to limits on government action in the US. It is commonly said that driving is a privilege and not a right. Washington state statutes are a bit murky, but RCW 46.20.001 (entitled ...
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Are limiting voting rights to residents of Puerto Rico unconstitutional?

This is something that I have been thinking after the decision from Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriages. The Supreme Court based its decision on the fact that prohibiting same-sex marriages ...
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Removal of made public personal information. Privacy laws

There are many websites today which scrape and aggregate data. Are these laws protecting US citizens and/or New York state residents which ensure that, upon request, the information must be removed? ...