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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) 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 and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

Article 27.

(1) 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.
(2) 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.

Culture. This article states that everyone has the right to partake of and participate in the arts, culture and science in their community. Further, they are entitled to any benefit coming from their artistic, cultural or scientific contributions to their community.

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I just realized that I am late with this halftime report on Vin Stone — Not a Detective. We’re actually several chapters into the second half. I’ll just put it down to the enthusiasm with which I’m engaged in the writing, which takes my mind away from such prosaic things as reports. That sounds good. I think I’ll use that.

So, how’s it going? It’s going great. The ink keeps flowing freely, as do the ideas. The characters are behaving themselves and the story is unfolding much as I imagined it would. Of course, I’m learning unexpected things about both the characters and the story as it’s revealed to me, but that’s a large part of the fun of writing novels.

I don’t foresee any reason why the book and the recording shouldn’t be finished in the fall.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) 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 and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

Article 26.

(1) 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.
(2) 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.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

The right to universal, free education. Basic education shall be free and compulsory for all people. Higher education shall be available and equally accessible to all. Its aim will be to fully develop the potential in all persons, and to promote respect for human rights and freedoms for all. Parents have first and ultimate say in the kind of education their children receive.

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