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Freedom of Expression: Development, Democracy and Dialogue

International Symposium on Freedom of Expression
Freedom of Expression: Development, Democracy and Dialogue

International Symposium on Freedom of Expression to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 29 October 2008
On December 10, a milestone in the history of promoting Human Rights will be celebrated. This day will mark the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Even today, the Declaration is regarded as the first universal statement on the basic principles of inalienable human rights and the foundation of international human rights law.

The right to freedom of opinion and expression was number 19 of the 30 articles articulated in the Declaration. Some three years earlier, however, the idea that these freedoms were critical to human development surfaced in the UNESCO Constitution, adopted in November 1945. UNESCO would be charged with promoting “the free flow of ideas by word and image,” setting the stage for the Organization’s work in the area of mass communication for decades to come. >> Read more

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.