(a) Rights protect minorities from the oppression of the majority. (b) They prevent the majority from doing whatever it likes. (c) Rights are the guarantees which can be used when things go wrong. (d) In certain circumstances, governments may not protect or may even attack the rights of their own citizens. Therefore, some rights need to be placed higher than the government so they cannot be violated by the government. In some democracies, Rights are written in the Constitution.
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