Rights: In received theory, a legal entitlement that protects individual interests from the coercive use of power. Rights can be negative (to exclude interference) or positive (to some good of self-realization). Human rights are universal entitlements, negative and positive, that people hold in virtue of being human.
Source: ‘What is Good? What is Bad? The Value of All Values across Time, Place and Theories’ by John McMurtry, Philosophy and World Problems, Volume I-III, UNESCO in partnership with Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems: Oxford, 2004-11.