The right to vote, a fair trial and education are all examples of civil rights. Even our constitution and bill of rights fall under this category, as the definition of civil rights is based on the power of our governments to make sure basic civil rights are provided. However, many believe that human rights or natural rights, which hold that there are God given rights inherently within all of us, should be the main determinant. Most assume that civil rights and natural rights are one in the same, but this is not the case.
Even though our governments are imbued with the power of providing our civil rights, there is nothing to say that this power cannot be abused. Currently we are seeing our governments usurp our civil rights with mandates and legislation that completely override our framers' intent, because of state or federal emergencies, social unrest and/or manufactured fears. If our governments have the right to provide rights to the people, they also have the right to take them away. Human rights are very simply exemplified by life, love and pursuit of happiness thru choice and free will. Human rights include our civil rights, but currently the reverse is not true. Perhaps it is time for us to redefine.