Abbreviated United Nations Declaration of Human Rights

This file is being posted on the Rethinking Schools Web site ( to accompany “A New U.S. Bill of Rights,” by Larry Miller, which appears on p. 70 of Rethinking Our Classrooms, Volume 2.

Articles (Right to):

  1. Equality
  2. Freedom from Discrimination
  3. Life, Liberty, Personal Security
  4. Freedom from Slavery
  5. Freedom from Torture and Degradation
  6. Recognition as a Person before the Law
  7. Equality before the Law
  8. Fair Pre-Trial Hearing
  9. Freedom form Arbitrary Arrest and Exile
  10. Fair Trial
  11. Considered Innocent Until Proven Guilty
  12. Freedom From Interference with Privacy, Family, Home and Correspondence
  13. To Free Movement in and out of the Country
  14. To Asylum in other Countries form Persecution
  15. To a Nationality and the Freedom to Change it
  16. To Marriage and Family 
  17. To Own Property
  18. Freedom of Belief and Religion
  19. Freedom of Opinion and Information
  20. Peaceful Assembly and Association
  21. To Participate in Government and in Free Elections
  22. To Social Security
  23. To Desirable Work and to Join Trade Unions
  24. To rest and Leisure
  25. To Adequate Living Standard
  26. To education
  27. To participate in the Cultural Life of Community
  28. To a Social Order that Articulates this Document
  29. Community Duties Essential to Free and Full Development
  30. Freedom from State and Personal Interference in the above Rights