Difference Between Civil Liberties And Civil Rights

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Bikram Dahal Sherry Sharifian GOVT 2305 03 October 2017 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Civil liberties and civil rights are two totally different kind of terms which sound similar and in general as well we view them as a same term. We cannot differentiate between them until and unless we have the clear idea of their definition. For example, we can ask ourselves a question if freedom of speech, press and assembly, right to vote, right to equality in public places etc. 1 are either civil rights or civil liberties? And we won’t be able to differentiate between them unless we know exactly what civil rights and civil liberties stand for. 2 So, in this essay we must illustrate the difference between civil rights and civil liberties.
3 Civil liberties are rights or freedoms given to the people by the First Amendment to the Constitution, by common law, or legislation, allowing the individual to be free to speak, think without any interference or restraints. 2 Civil liberties include the most basic rights and freedoms that are defined in the bill of rights in the constitution. Some of the civil liberties include freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of religion, right to liberty and security and so on. 4 Civil liberties protect citizens from the government power. Civil liberties are ingrained in the bill of rights and this limits the power of federal government. 4 The government cannot take away any freedom that are outlined in the bill of rights and any action that
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