Human Rights

WHEREAS We are approaching the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which represents the first international recognition that all human beings have fundamental rights and freedoms, and which remains a valid, vital document to this day WHEREAS The campaign surrounding the 60th anniversary reaffirms that the Declaration is a commitment to universal dignity and justice, and not something to be considered a luxury or aspiration WHEREAS Article 19 of the Declaration states, “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” WHEREAS Next March will mark the 15th anniversary of the Declaration of Chapultepec, regarding freedom of expression and freedom of the press in the democracies of our hemisphere WHEREAS principle 1 of the Declaration of Chapultepec says, “No people or society can be free without freedom of expression and of the press. The exercise of this freedom is not something authorities grant, it is an inalienable right of the people” THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE IAPA RESOLVES To declare the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as essential to all peoples and individuals, and as a principle that has been incorporated into the constitutions of free nations To note the celebration of Human Rights Day on December 10 To encourage IAPA members to use their publications to inform and educate the public on human rights and the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.