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Seventeenth Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Route to Human RightsArticle 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) establishes the fundamental right of everyone, individually and collectively, to own property. This right includes the acquisition, use, enjoyment and disposition of property, including both tangible and intangible property. According to this right, no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his or her property, which means that any expropriation or restriction of the right to property must be based on a law and pursue an objective in the public interest. In addition, fair compensation must be provided in the event of expropriation.

This right is essential to individual liberty, legal security and economic development. Private property allows individuals to build wealth, invest in their future and participate fully in society. It is important to note, however, that the right to property is not absolute and is subject to certain limitations. For example, states may impose regulations to protect the environment or promote social welfare. However, these restrictions must be proportionate and must not unreasonably interfere with the right to property.

The plaque with Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is located in the chapel of the old hospital of Montouto.

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  • Address
    Chapel of the Old Hospital of Montouto 27135 A Fonsagrada, Lugo, Spain
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Always open
  • What to see
    17th article

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