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Fourteenth Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Route to Human Rights

Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights establishes the right of everyone to seek asylum in another country and to be protected from persecution. This right is crucial for those fleeing situations of conflict, political, religious or ethnic persecution, or any other form of violence or injustice in their country of origin. The article recognizes the need to provide refuge and safety to those who cannot find protection in their own country, and to ensure that no one is returned to a place where his or her life or freedom would be in danger.

However, this right is not absolute. Article 14 also specifies that it cannot be invoked in cases of lawful persecution for ordinary crimes or acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations. This distinction is important to avoid abuse of the right of asylum and to ensure that protection is granted to those who genuinely need it, without allowing impunity to those who commit serious crimes. Overall, Article 14 strengthens international solidarity and commitment to human rights by providing a framework for the protection of the most vulnerable in crisis situations.

The plaque with Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is located at the Castro Youth Hostel in Castro.

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  • Address
    Castro Youth Hostel. Castro, s/n, 33730, Grandas de Salime, Asturias, Spain
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    14th article

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