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  • non-derogable right term
Definition A right that, at least in theory, cannot be taken away or compromised.
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In human rights conventions certain rights have been considered so important that they are non-derogable: the right to life, the right to be free from torture and other inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment, the right to be free from slavery or servitude, and the right to be free from retroactive application of penal laws. These rights are also known as peremptory norms of international law or jus cogens norms.

One might make a distinction between non-derogable rights, which cannot be compromised (or reduced) and inalienable rights, which cannot be taken away.

Plural: non-derogable rights
Sources:
  1. E:http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/comp210.htm; http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=572920 (consulted Aug 2009);
  2. A/RES/57/200, 2nd pream para (adopted on 18 December 2002);A/RES/67/161, 2nd pream para (adopted on 20 December 2012); A/RES/67/161, 2nd pream para (adopted on 20 December 2012);
  3. E/R: A/63/337, para 29 (28 Aug 2008);

French
  • droit non susceptible de dérogation term

Spanish

Russian
  • не допускающее отступлений право term
    Source: R:A/RES/67/161, 2nd pream para (adopted on 20 December 2012);

Chinese
  • 不可减损权利 term
  • 不容克减的权利 term

Arabic
  • حق غير قابل للتقييد term
    Source: A: A/RES/66/150, pream para 2 (adopted 19 Dec 2011);
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