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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

UN supports Human Rights (unless they don't)

Here's one. I recently came across the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is listed in their archive in the Landmark Documents section. So this is a pretty important document right? Its the basis for their work in promoting basic human rights policy

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations

And it has some pretty good stuff in it. Here are a few nuggets

Article 1 All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights


Article 2 Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person

right on!

Article 4 No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.


Article 5 No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

so far so good!

Article 17 (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

keep going!

Article 29. (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations

uh, what!?!?!

Read that last one again. Its the escape clause for the entire document. "We believe all humans have universal rights which they can have and exercise unless we change our mind"


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