There are two types of fundamental rights:
- ‘Classic’ fundamental rights: civil and political rights. These include the right to vote, freedom of expression, the right to privacy, religious freedom and the prohibition of discrimination.
- Fundamental ‘social’ rights: economic, social and cultural rights. These include the right to housing, social security, healthcare and education.
Fundamental social rights are not usually enforceable in a court of law, whereas classic fundamental rights are. Thus a member of the public can bring a legal action if a municipal authority wants to ban a demonstration without good reason.
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