What do Articles 1 and 2 of the Declaration of Human Rights state?

Article 1 of the Declaration states that ‘all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’. There are certain rights of the individual which are inherent in his personality. Man is a moral and rational being and this very state entitles him to the enjoyment of certain rights. Since these rights are derived from the inherent dignity of the human person, they should be available to all persons equally, everywhere, and at all times.

Article 2 of the Declaration states that ‘Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth or another status’. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the political, jurisdictional, or international status country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust or self-governing, or under any other limitation of sovereignty.


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