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The right to freedom from discrimination is internationally recognised as a human right and enshrines the principle of egalitarianism. The right to freedom from discrimination is recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and enshrined in international human rights law through its inclusion in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The right to freedom from discrimination is particularly relevant for groups that have been historically discriminated against and "vulnerable" groups. In this respect, the right to freedom from discrimination has been elaborated upon in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Human Rights[edit]

The concept of the right to freedom from discrimination is to the concept of human rights, as human rights are the rights of all humans. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted in 1948, starts with the words "Whereas recognition is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world."[1]

Article 1 of the UDHR states:

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."[1]

Article 2 of the UDHR states:

"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 opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty."[1]

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Jamaica Gleaner
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:11:15 -0700

The Charter of Rights 2011 in many ways, notwithstanding perceived limitations, may be heralded as legislation in respect of which all Jamaicans can be proud. It unequivocally states that persons have the right to freedom from discrimination on the ...

ARL now

ARL now
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:56:15 -0700

It is sadly true that it has been the Republican-elected officials in Virginia who have fought hard against marriage equality and, indeed, many other rights for LGBT Virginians such as freedom from discrimination in the workplace. And, it is very ...
FrontPage Magazine
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:51:05 -0700

(a) The Ambassador at Large shall assist the Secretary of State in preparing those portions of the Human Rights Reports that relate to freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination based on religion. . . (1) Establishment of Office The Secretary ...


Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0700

SIR – The Queen opened the Commonwealth Games by talking about “shared ideals”. We believe that justice and freedom from discrimination are some of these ideals. Yet some 500,000 British pensioners living abroad in Commonwealth countries continue ...
New Zealand Herald
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:22:30 -0700

Race discrimination is now prohibited by part 2 of the Human Rights Act 1993, and section 19 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act affirms that everyone has the right to freedom from discrimination. However, there are exceptions for affirmative action ...

The Olympian

The Olympian
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:56:15 -0700

Gay pride flags fly over the harbor in Provincetown, Mass., Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Located on the extreme tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is a small coastal resort town known for its gay-friendly atmosphere and night life. Since gay marriage was ...
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:41:15 -0700

Part of the basic American bargain is that if you take responsibility, work hard and play by the rules, workers can count on fair wages, freedom from discrimination on the job, and safe and equitable workplaces. Taxpayer dollars shouldn't be used by ...

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0700

... Order 12333 are also necessary to address the corrosive impact of surveillance on media freedom and the right to counsel, as well as the concerns of many others over harm to the right to privacy, freedom of association, and freedom from discrimination.

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