Rights are the counterparts of obligations. A right in your hands is only meaningful to the extent that it creates an enforceable obligation on someone else to do something. A good example is the "right to silence". It takes effect as an obligation imposed on the court not to draw adverse inferences from the silence of the accused. Other rights operate in a similar way.
"The effectiveness of the legal system in protecting the rights of consumers,"
The National Legal Eagle: Vol. 7
, Article 5.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/nle/vol7/iss1/5