When the noun right means ‘something that you are morally or legally allowed to do’, it is mainly used in these patterns:
▪ the right to do something
▪ the right to something
It is not usually followed by the preposition of:
✗ Just like humans, animals have the right of living.
✓ Just like humans, animals have the right to live.
✗ The new law restricts the right of smoking in different areas of a restaurant.
✓ The new law restricts the right to smoke in different areas of a restaurant.
✗ ...the individual’s right of self-protection
✓ ...the individual’s right to self-protection
However, the pattern the right of is used in some fixed expressions in legal and official contexts. The most frequent ones are:
right of abode, right of access, right of appeal, right of entry, right of free speech, right of reply, right of silence, right of veto, right of way
At the start of the police interrogation the suspect is informed of his right of silence.