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Fifth Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This fundamental principle protects the dignity and physical and mental integrity of all persons without distinction. The prohibition of torture and any form of inhuman treatment is a universal and absolute rule that allows no exceptions, even in situations of emergency or conflict. This article reflects the global commitment to eradicate practices that undermine humanity and to ensure that every individual is treated with respect and humanity.

The importance of Article 5 lies in its ability to establish an international ethical and legal standard. States have an obligation to prevent, investigate and punish any act of torture or degrading treatment. They must also ensure that victims receive justice and adequate reparation. The effective implementation of this article is essential for the protection of human rights and the promotion of a culture of respect and dignity. By upholding this principle, the international community reaffirms its commitment to the protection of the fundamental rights of all persons, regardless of their situation or status.

The plaque with Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is placed at the entrance of the Valdés-Salas Palace, headquarters of the Foundation of the same name, in Salas.

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