Civil Rights vs. Civil Liberties

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At some point, we have all heard the phrase: “You have the right to remain silent.” Indeed, along with the right to a fair trial and the right to privacy, it is one of the three best-known rights. But the question is, are these rights considered civil liberties or civil rights? In today’s blog, we will explain both terms in detail.

Although these two words are usually used similarly, they are different terms. Civil rights are all the legal rights that people have and which defend them in every area of ​​their lives. To give some more specific examples: the right not to be sexually discriminated against or harassed at work.

Basically, civil rights take care of and protect the freedom of each individual without recognizing race, gender, ethnicity, social class, etc. A violation of civil rights occurs when the individual is discriminated against in education, home, public entities, and jobs. Civil rights lawsuits are usually made through the federal government through federal legislation.

Now civil liberties are the freedoms that are guaranteed to avoid tyranny in a country, and they are guaranteed through the constitution. They are:

  • Right to freedom of expression
  • Right to privacy
  • Right to vote
  • Right to marriage
  • Right to remain silent
  • Right to a fair trial


Now that you know the difference between these terms, you should know that to recognize violations of civil liberties or civil rights, two questions are asked:

  • What right is being violated?
  • Whose rights are being violated?


We advise you that when you finish reading this article, you study your rights and civil liberties to be ready and prepared if your rights are violated.

For any case concerning rights violations, remember that you need attorneys with extensive experience in this type of case to achieve a satisfactory resolution. We always seek excellence in all our cases, and we are committed to achieving the best result. Don’t wait any longer and call us toll-free at 855-565-2566.

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