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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Which takes precedence: International Right of Self-Determination, or Country's Constitution?

In Brazil there's a movement, named Sul Livre (Free South), that claims for the independence of the country's Southern states. And this is not the only one: there are a lot of similar movements that ...
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As a student, do I have a right to see my incident report as filed by campus security?

A campus peace officer made a report against me for public intoxication, but no fine or ticket was issued. Do I have rights to access that report? By asking for the report, could that make them ...
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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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What legal protections exist for employees who suffer customer abuse?

I work as a minimal wage, over the phone technical support agent for Verizon. How customers are treated on a company wide systemic level is centered around low wage workers like me pacifying at least ...
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Private school forcing a child to get a specific hairstyle in India

If a private school is a forcing a child to get a specific hairstyle, can it be considered as child rights violation in India? Update: The school authorities beat the child and humiliate him in ...
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If a lesser crime imposes the same or greater sentence as a more severe crime, is the punishment considered cruel?

If a lesser crime imposes the same or greater sentence as a more severe crime, is the punishment considered cruel? One example, possessing a bottle of pills imposes a harsher sentence, longer term of ...
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Is what constitutes outrageous conduct clearly defined in the statutes?

Are there any objective rules or guidelines used to determine whether a police officer's conduct was outrageous?
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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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Obtaining the identity of a person who committed assault and is attempting to flee?

This did not happen to me, but to a family friend who works as a waiter. I'm researching, should I fall into a similar situation: A customer and the waiter get in an argument, to which the customer ...
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Article 9, ECHR question

Just doing some reading on human rights law, particularly article 9 and the case of R(on the application of Playfoot) v Millais School Governing Body (2007). I wanted to know if a specific ...
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Trespassing or Public Property?

I'll start with some background info for my question. I'm a photojournalist based in Michigan. I was on (what appeared to be) a public sidewalk. I was taking photos of the Oakland County Jail for a ...
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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 legal rights as a landlord in Ontario? My tenants want to end fixed term lease early

I am a landlord in the province of Ontario, Canada. I currently have a fixed term lease of one year with my current tenants. The lease ends May 31, 2016.They sent me an email yesterday stating they ...
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Is there ever a case where invoking the right against self incrimination is in itself incriminating?

Does the invocation of the 5th amendment ever constitute evidence of having committed a crime?
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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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Is it legal for banks to transfer money without account holder's permission

Suppose someone takes a personal loan from a bank and defaults on a payment. Can the bank unilaterally take money from other accounts he may have at that bank to make the required loan payments? Can ...
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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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If a federal bill reduces a sentence for a crime, can a prisoner get relief at the state level?

If a federal bill reduces a sentence for a crime, can a prisoner get relief at the state level, possibly by stating the original sentence was cruel and unusual punishment?
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What can be done if you find out another co-worker got you fired?

What can someone do if they find out that another co-worker was responsible for getting them fired? This person was an asset to the company, and the other co-worker was purposely submitting bad ...
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What can I do if my roommates poisoned me?

What can I do if my roommates poisoned me by improperly using pesticide without asking if it was okay with me to use it or even warning me or telling me after the fact? The product says clearly it is ...
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Village/City Sticker

I have several questions in regard to a citation I just received in the mail. I moved to a Chicago suburb this last year that apparently requires you to pay for a sticker for each car you own. It's ...
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Why is the Miranda warning typically given during an arrest?

I'll admit that this question stems more from indirect experiences through popular culture and not real-life experience (fortunately), but I think there's still some real-life backing to it. The "...
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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 a school in loco parentis when students are outside of school?

I am a senior in high school and like many other classes we are doing a "scavenger hunt" (teams of students have to compete various tasks and earn points for these tasks) outside of school. Our ...
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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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My rights in India

I have read in Indian newspapers and seen in news channels about some misbehavior with the citizens when they go to police station to complain about some issue. Could you provide some resources, ...
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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 one have rights to a profit from something that he helped to make but declared abandonment of?

Suppose that Peter creates a project with James. This project gets off the ground and becomes a reality. But James decides to give up and has no interest in working in it anymore. Later, the project ...
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Legality of street webcams?

Let's say your house window is right in front of a famous monument, and you want to enable people to see it at any time of the day and night with a webcam. Obviously when you place the webcam towards ...
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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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Who owns a recorded Skype conversation?

If someone records my Skype conversation, is that video his property or mine? Is there a law against him making that video public or even recording it to begin with? Country- India.
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Does my school have a right to get involved over something relating to them, but done in isolation of them?

Okey, this is going to be quite a specific question about something that has come up. I am a school student, and I sent various emails to the developers of the school management software that my ...
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Do UK citizens have a right to legal advice?

As a British citizen: If I can't afford to pay a solicitor to get legal advice, am I entitled to free legal advice from the government?
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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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Is it legal to be detained by a private rail or bus company for not having a valid ticket?

My question relates specifically to the UK. Is it legal for a private company, say a train or bus company, to detain you if they determine that you don't have a valid ticket? Furthermore, if it is ...
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Can a potential juror plead the fifth?

I am interested in the law surrounding jurors. During juror selection (voir dire) a potential jurors can be asked questions to determine their suitability to serve on the jury. Is it ever legal for a ...
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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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