Human Rights — Article Five

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 5.

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Treat people with dignity. Even if a person needs to be punished for a crime, it mustn’t be cruel. Treat them as a fellow human and don’t degrade them. Absolutely do not torture them, even if they might fit whatever description applies to the currently most despised of humans.

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