UN Declaration of Human Rights block print

Today, I hung above my desk a framed block print edition of Article 29 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Pretty cool, isn’t it? Article 29 states:

“(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.

“(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

“(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.”

The emphasis is mine, because that clause underpins what One Civic Act is all about: everyone has duties to the community.

For what it’s worth, the artist also chose to illustrate Article 29 with a statement about the death penalty. To be clear, Article 29 makes no statement about the death penalty. The closest the Declaration of Human Rights gets, I think, is Article 3, which simply states, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”

 

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