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Fourth Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Article Four of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade in all their forms shall be prohibited. This article is a powerful proclamation against one of the most inhumane and degrading practices in human history. The absolute prohibition of slavery and servitude reflects a global commitment to eradicate any form of exploitation in which one person is treated as the property of another. This protection extends to all forms of trafficking, forced labor, and any activity involving coercion and exploitation.

In addition, the fourth article underscores the importance of human dignity and equality, as any form of slavery or servitude inherently violates these fundamental principles. By prohibiting these practices, the article promotes an environment in which every individual has the opportunity to live freely, free from exploitation and abuse. This right is essential to the building of just and equitable societies in which all individuals can enjoy their freedoms and rights without fear of enslavement or servitude. The adoption and implementation of this article is essential to eradicate practices that still persist in some parts of the world and to ensure that all human beings can live with dignity and respect.

The plaque with Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is placed at the entrance of the Municipal Hostel for pilgrims in the old Monastery of Cornellana.

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  • Address
    Albergue Municipal de Cornellana. Monasterio del Salvador, 33850 Salas, Asturias, Spain
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    4th article

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