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Re: Theos-World human rights

Nov 01, 2001 04:41 PM
by Dennis Kier

----- Original Message -----
From: Katinka Hesselink <>
To: theos-talk <>
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2001 4:05 AM
Subject: Theos-World human rights

> Seems the subject of human rights has come up. Since the
> watch-word of Amnesty is: don't complain of the dark, light
> a candle, I thought - I'll find the human rights on the web
> and share them. Seems a bit more useful than political
> bickering.

A good Idea. And since you have so generously provided us with the
document written by political hacks, and mindless bureaucrats, I can
provide the Real Thing, - I trust you can tell the difference.


First Ten Amendments passed lay Congress Sept 25, 1789.
Ratified by three fourths of the States December 15, 1791.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the
freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people
peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress
of grievances.

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a
free State, the right of the people to keep and hear arms, shall not
be infringed.

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house,
without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner
to be prescribed by law.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses,
papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall
not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the
place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous
crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except
in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when
in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any
person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of
life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a
witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or
property., without due process of law; nor shall private property be
taken for public use without just compensation.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to
a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and
district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district
shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of
the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the
witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining
witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall
exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved,
and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court
of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed,
nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be
construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution,
nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States
respectively, or to the people.

> Katinka
> [found at ]
> Article 1
> 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 2
> 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 3
> Everyone has the right to life, liberty and the security of
> person.
> 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 torture or to cruel, inhuman
> or degrading treatment or punishment.
> Article 6
> Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a
> person before the law.
> Article 7
> All are equal before the law and are entitled without any
> discrimination to equal protection against any
> discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against
> any incitement to such discrimination.
> Article 8
> Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the
> competent national tribunals for acts violating the
> fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by
> law.
> Article 9
> No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or
> exile.
> Article 10
> Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair, and public
> hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the
> determination of his rights and obligations and of any
> criminal charge against him.
> Article 11
> Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be
> presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a
> public trial at which he has had all the guarantees
> necessary for his defence.
> No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account
> of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal
> offence, under national or international law, at the time
> when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be
> imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the
> penal offence was committed.
> Article 12
> No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with
> his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks
> upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to
> the protection of the law against such interference or
> attacks.
> Article 13
> Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence
> within the borders of each State.
> Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his
> own, and to return to his country.
> Article 14
> Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other
> countries asylum from persecution.
> This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions
> genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts
> contrary to the purposes and principles of the United
> Nations.
> Article 15
> Everyone has the right to a nationality.
> No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor
> denied the right to change his nationality.
> Article 16
> Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to
> race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and
> to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to
> marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
> Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full
> consent of the intending spouses.
> The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of
> society and is entitled to protection by society and the
> State.
> Article 17
> Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in
> association with others.
> No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
> 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.
> Article 19
> Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and
> expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions
> without interference and to seek, receive and impart
> information and ideas through any media and regardless of
> frontiers.
> Article 20
> Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and
> association.
> No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
> Article 21
> Everyone has the right to take part in the government of
> his country, directly or through freely chosen
> representatives.
> Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in
> his country.
> The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority
> of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and
> genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal
> suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent
> free voting procedures.
> Article 22
> Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social
> security and is entitled to realization, through national
> effort and international co-operation and in accordance
> with the organization and resources of each State, of the
> economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his
> dignity and the free development of his personality.
> Article 23
> Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of
> employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and
> to protection against unemployment.
> Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to
> equal pay for equal work.
> Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable
> remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an
> existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if
> necessary, by other means of social protection.
> Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for
> the protection of his interests.
> Article 24
> Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including
> reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic
> holidays with pay.
> Article 25
> Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for
> the health and well-being of himself and of his family,
> including food, clothing, housing and medical care and
> necessary social services, and the right to security in the
> event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old
> age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his
> control.
> Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and
> assistance. All children, whether born in or out of
> wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
> Article 26
> Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be
> free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages.
> Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and
> professional education shall be made generally available
> and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on
> the basis of merit.
> Education shall be directed to the full development of the
> human personality and to the strengthening of respect for
> human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote
> understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations,
> racial or religious groups, and shall further the
> activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of
> peace.
> Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education
> that shall be given to their children.
> Article 27
> Everyone has the right freely to participate in the
> cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to
> share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
> Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and
> material interests resulting from any scientific, literary
> or artistic production of which he is the author.
> 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.
> Article 29
> Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the
> free and full development of his personality is possible.
> In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall
> be subject only to such limitations as are determined by
> law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and
> respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of
> meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and
> the general welfare in a democratic society.
> These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised
> contrary to the purposes and principles of the United
> Nations.
> Article 30
> Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying
> for any State, group or person any right to engage in any
> activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of
> any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

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