The Universal declaration of human rights the right for freedom of expression and its protection

Athanasopoulos, Constantinos GE. (1999)


It is well known that, in general, human rights had suffered significant blows during the period between the two World Wars. After the end of World War 11, however, individual rights begun to be strengthened and protected, both on the level of national Constiutions, as well as on international level. Some of the notable positive actions toward that direction have been: - The public address of President F. Roosevelt to the US Congress of 6/1/1941, in which the declared four basic civil liberties, with the freedom of speech and expression being pre-eminent. -The Atlantic Charter of 14/8/1941. -The text of the Washington Conference of 1942. -The text of Philadelphia Declaration of May 1944. -The texts of Dumbarton Oaks Deliberations of 1944. - Chapter I of the Charter of the United Nations of 24/10/1945, where the aims and principles of the new Organisation are set as follows: Chapter, I. Aims and Principles Article 1 The aims of the United Nations Organisation are: 2. To build friendly relations among Nations, that will be based on the respect of the principle of equal rights ... 3. To seek international co-operation for resolving international problems .. and for the strengthening and encouragement of respect for human rights and the basic liberties of all men, without discrimination.

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