freedom from self-incrimination

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Noun1.freedom from self-incrimination - the civil right (guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution) to refuse to answer questions or otherwise give testimony against yourself
civil right - right or rights belonging to a person by reason of citizenship including especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th amendments and subsequent acts of Congress including the right to legal and social and economic equality
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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From giving freedom of religion, speech, the press, and the rights of peaceful assembly and petition, these amendments also gives citizens the right to possess arms, right to private property, fair treatment for accused criminals, protection from unreasonable search and seizure, freedom from self-incrimination, a right to fair trial, and also representation by a counsel.
(115) See Canadian Civil Liberties Association, "Canadians Have Legal Right not to Surrender Their Passwords" (30 August 2016), online: <>, archived at; N Dalla Guarda, "Digital Encryption and the Freedom from Self-incrimination: Implications for the Future of Canadian Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions" (2014) 61:1 Crim LQ (119) at 135-36.
The constitutional rights of speech, assembly, petition, press, privacy and freedom from self-incrimination have been shredded.

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