Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948.

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Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services…
  • The General Assembly
    Proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations
    , to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.
    • Preamble
  • Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
    Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
    • Article 2
  • Everyone has the right to life, liberty and the security of person.
    • Article 3
  • No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
    • Article 4
  • No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
    • Article 5
  • Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
    • Article 6
  • All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
    • Article 7
  • Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
    • Article 17.
  • Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
    • Article 18
  • Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
    • Article 25

Quotes about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights[edit]

  • On 10 December 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly gathered in... Paris... Eleanor Roosevelt, chair of the agreement’s drafting committee, described it as an “international Magna Carta for all mankind,” and member states pledged “to achieve ...the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms.” It was the first international agreement on the basic principles of human rights.
  • The legacy of the UDHR can never be underestimated. It is a landmark document that “proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” It was the direct response to the heinous crimes perpetrated by the Nazis and a much-needed affirmation of human rights for everyone everywhere.
  • Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home — so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.
  • There should be a common and internationally recognized standard. We can find it in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted in 1948 by the United Nations. It says that every human being has a right to food, shelter, healthcare, and education, and to be free from war. Every person on Earth should have a certain basic standard of living that is guaranteed, which is possible because it is a wealthy world. It’s just that the wealth has been wasted, maldistributed. Everybody should have fundamental human rights, including the freedom of speech and freedom of the press, freedom of association, and the right to communicate with others on an equal basis, so that the media are not monopolized by a small number of wealthy people.

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