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Dear Friends,

We hope that you enjoyed our series celebrating the International Day of Peace 2018 on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and The United States Constitution. Since there are 30 Articles in the Declaration and we only made it through number 16, we will continue to publish the series on the 21st of each month so that we may cover all 30 Articles. We look forward to your feedback on the series.

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United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Dignity & Justice for All Humanity

Article 19

 Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression;
this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and
to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through
any media and regardless of frontiers.

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U.S. Constitution
Amendment 1

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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Reflections

The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”

John F Kennedy

 

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“If a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was & never will be. The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty & property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.” 

Thomas Jefferson
The Papers of Thomas Jefferson,
Retirement Series,
Volume 9:1 September 1815 to
30 April 1816

 

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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice,
you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse,
and you say that you are neutral,
the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” 
― Desmond Tutu (Foreword)