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Human rights are universal legal guarantees protecting individuals and groups against actions that interfere with fundamental freedoms and human dignity. Some of the most important characteristics of human rights are that they: * guaranteed by international standards; * are legally protected; * focus on the dignity of the human being; * oblige states and state actors; * cannot be waived or taken away; * are interdependent and interrelated; and * are universal.

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