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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

This is a special version of The Universal Declaration. Amnesty International calls on all governments to give their full, active support to all the articles in the complete, official Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  1. Article 1     All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
  2. Article 2     Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration, without distinction of any kind.
  3. Article 3     Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
  4. Article 4     No one shall be held in slavery and servitude
  5. Article 5     No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
  6. Article 6     Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
  7. Article7     All are equal before the law and are entitled  without any discrimination to equal protection by the law. 
  8. Article 8     Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him/her by the constitution or the law.

  9. Article 9     No one shall be subject to arbitrary arrest., detention or exile.
  10. Article 10     Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal.
  11. Article 11     Everyone charged with a penal offense has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
  12. Article 12     No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his or her privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his or her honour or reputation.

  13. Article 13     Everyone has the right to freedom of movement.
  14. Article 14     Everyone has the right to seek and enjoy , in other countries, asylum from persecution.
  15. Article 15     Everyone has the right to a nationality
  16. Article 16     men and women....have the right to marry and have a family.
  17. Article 17     Everyone has the right to own property
  18. Article 18     Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
  19. Article 19     Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
  20. Article 20     Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
  21. Article 21     Everyone has the right to take a part in the government of their country.
  22. Article 22     Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to the realization of economic, social and cultural rights.

  23. Article 23     Everyone has the right to work....Everyone has the right to form and join trade unions.
  24. Article 24     Everyone has the right to rest and leisure.
  25. Article 25     Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for... health and well - being.
  26. Article 26     Everyone has the right to education.
  27. Article 27     Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community.
  28. Article 28     Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

  29. Article 29     Everyone has duties to the community.
  30. Article 30     Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying...any right to engage in any activity....aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth.

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Amnesty International Canada
UN Commission on Human Rights
On International Law
United Nations 1998 Conference on Terrorism
US Advisory on Legal Affairs
Canadas' Role on International Conventions on Terrorism
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