Civil liberties

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Civil liberties concern basic rights and freedoms that are guaranteed in a democratic society. The constitutions of many democracies have bills of rights that describe basic liberties and rights. Civil liberties guarantee a person against government interference except when a person affects other people by exercising his/her liberties. Then the courts of law in a democratic country interpret the limits of civil liberties.[1]

In the United States these are explicitly identified in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution or interpreted through the courts and law makers. U.S. Civil liberties include but are not limited to:

See also


  1. The Cato Institute