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Government Sources by Subject: Human Rights in Government Publications


The United Nations has adopted a Declaration of Human Rights, however individuals differ in their beliefs of what should be included in a list of inalienable rights and one country's human rights laws may  not match another's.  Over time, society's standing on certain human rights issues have changed.  Some common human rights are: right to life, right to healthcare, freedom from torture, freedom from slavery, and right to property.

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, holds the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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