human rights

The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948, as a result of events of World War II. According to the UN, the Declaration "is a milestone document in the history of human rights, as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected." (Click on an image to enlarge.)

"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."  ~ Article 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. 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 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