Human Rights – Article Six

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 6.

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Personhood. There has been a slow expansion of who is deemed to be a person. States have tended to grant personhood preferentially to people most resembling the people making the laws. Others often had a limited form of personhood or none at all. This article states that everyone has a right to the same complete personhood.

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