Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law...
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The Mill: "One of the spinners in Whitnel Cotton Mill. She was 51 inches high. Has been in the mill one year. Sometimes works at night. Runs 4 sides - 48 cents a day. When asked how old she was, she hesitated, then said, "'I don't remember,'" then added confidentially, "'I'm not old enough to work, but do just the same.'" Out of 50 employees, there were ten children about her size." - Lewis Hine, Whitnel, North Carolina, December 1908.
Congolese slave children soldiers
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities. - Voltaire
The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others. ― Julian Bond
If the prisoner is beaten, it is an arrogant expression of fear. ― Ghassan Kanafani
Two principles have stood face-to-face from the beginning of time; and they will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity and the other the divine right of kings. ― Abraham Lincoln
Whenever there is a conflict between human rights and property rights, human rights must prevail. ― Abraham Lincoln
. . . for it is the inherent nature of all human beings to yearn for freedom, equality and dignity, and they have an equal right to achieve that. – the Dalai Lama
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be either good or evil. -- Hannah Arendt
The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. -- Stephen Biko
Democracy is not the law of the majority but the protection of the minority. -- Albert Camus
I realize that I cannot stand by silently as my government executes its citizens. If I do not speak out and resist, I am an accomplice. -- Sister Helen Prejean
A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -- Ramsey Clark
Clean water and health care and school and food and tin roofs and cement floor, all of these things should constitute a set of basics that people must have as birthrights. -- Paul Farmer
Women's rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy. -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself. -- Robert G. Ingersoll
Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
We believe that human rights transcend boundaries and must prevail over state sovereignty. -- Jose Ramos-Horta
The world does not need a war against ‘terrorism’, it needs a culture of peace based on human rights for all. -- Irene Khan
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. — Margarert Mead
Principles of the
Nuremberg Tribunal, 1950
Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal and in the Judgment of the Tribunal. Adopted by the International Law Commission of the United Nations, 1950.
Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefor and liable to punishment.
The fact that internal law does not impose a penalty for an act which constitutes a crime under international law does not relieve the person who committed the act from responsibility under international law.
The fact that a person who committed an act which constitutes a crime under international law acted as Head of State or responsible Government official does not relieve him from responsibility under international law.
The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.
Any person charged with a crime under international law has the right to a fair trial on the facts and law.
The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under; international law:
Complicity in the commission of a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity as set forth in Principles VI is a crime under international law.