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.
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.
All human beings are born with equal and inalienable rights
and fundamental freedoms.
The United Nations is committed to upholding, promoting and protecting the human rights of every individual. This commitment stems from the United Nations Charter, which reaffirms the faith of the peoples of the world in fundamental human rights and in the dignity and worth of the human person.
In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations has stated in clear and simple terms the rights which belong equally to every person.
These rights belong to you.
They are your rights. �amiliari�e yourself with them.
Help to promote and defend them for yourself
as well as for your fellow human beings.
Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity
and of the equal and inalienable rights of
all members of the human family is the
foundation of freedom, justice and peace
in the world,
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,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be
compelled to have recourse, as a last resort,
to rebellion against tyranny and oppression,
that human rights should be protected by
the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations
have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith
in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women
and have determined to promote social
progress and better standards of life in
Whereas M ember States have pledged
themselves to achieve, in cooperation
with the United Nations, the promotion
of universal respect for and observance of
human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these
rights and freedoms is of the greatest
importance for the full realization of this
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
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and
security of person.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude;
slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to
cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person...