What's the positive equivalent when you want to talk about people who don't observe others' rights. For example someone jumping a queue.

I hate selfish people who don't care about others and don't observe their rights

Maybe there are mistakes it the original statement too. In general what are the correct verbs to speak about people's rights, both positive and negative. I'm more interested in the informally spoken.

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    I would not consider someone jumping a queue to be violating someone's rights as in human rights or constitutional rights; however, that person is certainly infringing on societal expectations and may be some combination of discourteous, disrespectful, selfish, ill-tempered, or plain boorish.
    – choster
    Aug 9, 2013 at 20:13
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    As choster says, rights in English is normally idiomatic shorthand for human rights (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights). Instead of "... don't observe their rights", you might prefer to say "... don't show them any respect".
    – Matt
    Aug 9, 2013 at 20:23

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The idiomatic verb to use here is "respect". When you don't do something because it violates the rights of others, you are "respecting" their rights.

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