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Second Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Way of Human RightsThe second article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”. This article reaffirms the principle of non-discrimination, guaranteeing that all rights and freedoms are universal and must be protected for all individuals, without exception. The specific enumeration of different forms of discrimination underlines the intention to cover any possible grounds for exclusion or marginalization, thus promoting full and effective equality.

Furthermore, the article clarifies that no distinction should be made on the basis of the political, legal or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether independent, trustee, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty. This means that human rights are applicable to all individuals, regardless of their geopolitical status. In essence, the second article ensures that every human being, regardless of his or her personal characteristics or environment, is entitled to enjoy fundamental rights and freedoms, thus promoting a more just and equitable humanity.

The plaque with Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is placed on the wall of the San Salvador Pilgrims’ Hostel in Oviedo.

Images courtesy of ISHR

  • Address
    Albergue de Peregrinos San Salvador. Calle Leopoldo Alás, 20, Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
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    Always open
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    2nd article

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