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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948. 

Preamble

    (...) Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people, (...)
Article 2.1
    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.
Article 18 
    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.
Source: General Assembly Resolution 217 A III. A full text version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be found on the Internet site of the UN. 
 


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