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Questions tagged [civil-rights]

Civil and political rights are a class of rights that protect individuals' freedom from infringement by governments, social organizations, wealthy and powerful people and private individuals.

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What are some examples of rights that cost money?

Most of the rights that I am aware of (at least in the USA) are rights that are granted to me free of charge, by virtue of being born here. I don't need to fill any paperwork or pay any fee. I can ...
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If a group is labeled as a terrorist group, what rights are abridged to the group or the individuals?

In Tennessee, a bill was drafted for consideration that denounced hate and discrimination in general and "white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups" in particular. It went further to request those groups ...
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Notwithstanding Clause of Canadian Constitution

The Canadian Constitution has a clause commonly referred to as the Notwithstanding Clause. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_33_of_the_Canadian_Charter_of_Rights_and_Freedoms Basically, it ...
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Why marriage and not family?

The question Why do governments legislate marriage? has good answers about why the State has a [historic] incentive to legislate marriage. I'll briefly state interconnected definitions of marriage ...
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Should mentally retarded people be allowed to vote in a Democratic system? [closed]

I have respect to all the disabled people. The purpose of this question is to understand who is qualified to vote in a Democratic system. I hope nobody gets me wrong. We know democracy allows all ...
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Do Canadian Charter Rights protect customers against discrimination on political grounds?

Similar to the recent Sarah Huckabee Sanders @ Red Hen incident, Vancouver had a customer being refused service due to wearing a Make America Great Again hat. Basically, the manager asked him to ...
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Demographic with greatest difficulty in maintaining current US Voter ID?

In the US, for persons eligible, the relative costs or feasibility of obtaining, (or if necessary, maintaining), some current valid form of Voter ID varies by situation or condition. Particularly ...
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What is the proper (non-“Gerrymandering”) purpose of political districting?

I read some other posts here that discuss gerrymandering. It seems to me that I still have a question that these posts don’t answer, but I’m not at all sure that I can make it clear. But here we go. ...
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Off-duty policewoman shoots armed robber [closed]

Recently in Brazil, an armed thief tried to robber several mothers and children at the exit of a school during Mother's day. However, an off-duty policewoman shoot three times in his chest and he died ...
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How can a political campaign obtain my personal data? [closed]

A campaign volunteer contacted me about my voting choices for this November election... which wouldn’t be noteworthy hadn’t he addressed me by my wife’s name. When I asked about how they had ...
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How is it decided which rights can be voluntarily waived?

Two examples: In a criminal trial, you have a right to a defense attorney, but you can waive this right. In labor law, you have a number of labor related rights that, if you could voluntarily waive ...
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What is a “right” according to the U.S. Constitution?

The United States Declaration of Independence is based upon the "self-evident" truth that "all men are… endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights". The Ninth Amendment of the U.S. ...
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Are there US documents other than the Constitution which detail Individual Rights?

The constitution contains the "Bill of Rights." The first 8 amendments detail rights of an individual. If other rights exist beyond those enumerated in the constitution, where are they documented, and ...
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Are there any examples of dealing with unenforced laws? [closed]

Attorney Harvey Silverglate argues that loosely interpreted legislation allows overzealous US prosecutors to charge any particular (disliked) citizen with Three Felonies A Day. If true, this appears ...
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Can someone explain the difference between Civil Rights, Civil Liberties and Freedoms?

We encounter these terms frequently in everyday readings. Although they have almost the same meanings but there exist intricate differences. Please explain with some examples the differences and ...
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Can Spain be suspended from the EU?

Catalonia held a referendum for independence. The police threatened and attacked the citizens of Spain/Catalonia. Article 7 says that if a country violates the rights of their citizens they could be ...
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Why did Saudi Arabia not allow women to drive?

According to this article Saudi Arabia was (and still is for a little while) the only country that did not allow women to drive: Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive, the government ...
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Has any organization ever made it off the SPLC list?

The Southern Poverty Law Center keeps a well-publicized list of organizations that promote hateful agendas. Without debating the merits of the list -- which would be outside the scope of the ...
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Did Lyndon Johnson predict that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would cause the Democrats to lose the South?

Up until this time, it was the Democrats, not the Republicans that were opposed to Civil Rights. Even the leaders opposing the Civil Rights Movement in the South were Democrats. But did Johnson ...
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What countries voted for letting Saudi Arabia join the UN women's rights commission?

What countries voted for letting Saudi Arabia join the women rights commission? It happened so I would like to know what countries voted to make this possible.
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Why is the gender pay gap so large in the United States despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963?

Why is the gender pay gap in the United States (1:0.77) so large in the United States despite there being civil rights legislation against discrimination in wages based on sex? Is it due to poor ...
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How does the ACLU decide which cases to take?

The ACLU is involved in a lot of law suits. How do they decide which cases to try and which ones to pass? If it's by vote of a special committee: What is the name of the committee? Which set of ...
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Can the USA president use military force against his/her own citizens without approval?

Can the USA president use military force against his/her own citizens without approval?
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Why does the Black Lives Matter movement organize protests while the incident they're protesting is still under investigation?

Black Lives Matter is an American social justice movement which seeks to remedy the problem of extrajudicial killings of people of color by police officers among other issues. One aspect of this ...
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State law placing gun owners in a database [closed]

As per the article regarding Hawaii placing its gun owners in a database and some of the below quoted text from it, I could see this being a growing trend on a state by state basis. Question I was ...
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Supreme court case for disqualifying from rights

In a discussion I had recently about gun rights, someone brought up a United States Supreme Court case in which it was determined that an individual could become disqualified from particular rights. ...
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How can I realistically fund a political movement against Summer Time in western Europe?

As the time of writing this, we are a few days after switching to Daylight Saving Time, a.k.a Summer Time, that is setting clocks one hour too early. This particular clock regime is effective in ...
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Why have the Democratic Party and Republican Party switched positions on civil rights since the Civil War?

Before the Civil War, the Republicans advocated for the abolition of slavery, while the Democrats pushed against abolition. Even after the Civil War, the Republicans continued to push for black rights....
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Is a professional army more likely to act against its own people than a conscript army?

Is there data about how the mode of a states army affects the probability that it is employed against its own people? I mean is it more liklier that the army is used to supress the own people or a ...
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Voting rights for mentally disabled people

Can someone enlighten me the rationale behind the fact that mentally disabled citizens are allowed to vote while a 17 year old doesn't have that right, no matter how smart or knowledgeable you are?
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Right to refuse service without explanation

I have a question regarding the right to refuse service. Can you be refused from a store without an explanation? I went to my local Family Dollar and the assistant manager rudely told me, "Umm ...
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Are there any existing laws comparable to Quebec's Bill 20?

Here is a link that explains more in detail what the bill 20 consists of: http://globalnews.ca/news/1728556/opinion-bill-20-will-turn-every-patient-in-quebec-into-a-number-instead-of-a-person/ ...
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Has Japan's “Special Secrecy Law” been condemned by the United Nations?

Has the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets been condemned in any way by the United Nations? Or any expressed concerns by the United Nations? Reference needed. I haven't been able ...
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Have governments ever made female genital mutilation compulsory?

ISIS has recently been accused of making female genital mutilation compulsory for girls and women under the age of 49. They've denied the claim. My understanding was that no government has ever made ...
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Does the Arizona bill grant a religious exemption to discrimination laws?

The Arizona state legislature has just passed a bill called SB 1062, designed to protect religious liberty. Opponents claim that it will allow businesses to refuse to serve people on the grounds of ...
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How do people view Putin's statements on gay rights?

In the recent run-up to the Winter Olympics, Russia's Putin has indicated that he didn't have a problem with gays in Russia per se. His only (stated) concern was with gay "propaganda," specifically ...
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What caused the racial shift of America's parties?

Until the 1960's, African Americans were overwhelmingly Republicans (except for some members of the New Deal coalition) and Southern whites were overwhelmingly Democrats. Then, after the passage of ...
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Does any other country than the USA have a constitutional “right to bear arms”?

In the United States of America, the Second Amendment to the constitution states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. I have the impression that the USA are ...
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How far does in loco parentis extend for schools in the United States?

To my personal opinion, In the United States schools have adopted the position that they have in loco parentis authority over students, at the moment the students leave the company of their parents. ...
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Is it allowed to protest peacefully against the government on certain issues in India?

In the light of recent wave of public protests against the government on the current issue of Delhi Gang Rape, I am posting this question to be aware of the fact if such protests are allowed against ...
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If all the citizens have same rights why some must pay a higher tax rate?

If all the citizens of a country have the same rights and are equal before the law, why some must pay more taxes? Isn't that a kind of discrimination?