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Eighteenth article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Route to Human Rights

Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes the fundamental right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right includes the freedom to change one’s religion or belief and the freedom to manifest one’s religion or belief, individually and in community with others, in public and in private, in teaching, practice, worship and observance. This article is crucial because it guarantees that people can follow their own beliefs and convictions without fear of persecution or discrimination, thus promoting a pluralistic and tolerant society where diversity of beliefs is respected and protected.

The importance of Article 18 lies in its role as a pillar of individual freedom and human dignity. By ensuring that all people can freely express and practice their beliefs, it fosters an environment in which intercultural dialogue and understanding can flourish. It also protects religious minorities and individuals who may face social or governmental pressure to conform to imposed beliefs. In a world where religious tensions often lead to conflict, this article serves as a reminder of the need for mutual respect and peaceful coexistence.

The plaque with Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is located on the walls of Casa Bortelon, in A Fontaneira.

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    Casa Bortelon. Fontaneira, 3, 27133 A Fontaneira, Lugo, Spain
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    18th article

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