KEY RIGHTS

DOCUMENTS

Magna Carta, 1215

"First, that we have granted to God, and by this present charter have confirmed for us and our heirs in perpetuity, that the English Church shall be free, and shall have its rights undiminished, and its liberties unimpaired."

First Ammendment to the US Constitution, 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...."

"Libertas" of Pope Leo XIII, 1888

"...it is absurd to suppose that nature has accorded indifferently to truth and falsehood, to justice and injustice...."

The Four Freedoms, 1941

The "Four Freedoms" speech of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 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...."

European Convention on Human Rights, 1953

“The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law...."

Brandenburg v Ohio, 1969

"Freedoms of speech and press do not permit a State to forbid advocacy of the use of force or of law violation except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action."

Solzhenitsyn's Speech to the Swedish Academy, 1970

"The nation ceases to be mindful of itself, it is deprived of its spiritual unity, and despite a supposedly common language, compatriots suddenly cease to understand one another."

International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights, 1976

"...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...."

A Decade of Measuring the Quality of Governance, 2007

"...where there is freedom of expression, of the media, and of information, governments become cleaner and less corrupt."

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