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Thirtieth article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights


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Article 30 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that nothing in this Declaration shall be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein. This article acts as a safeguard against any attempt to justify actions that violate human rights under the pretext of other rights, and ensures that no interpretation of the Declaration can be used to undermine its own fundamental principles.

The importance of Article 30 lies in its function to protect the integrity of human rights. By making clear that no provision may be used to justify the denial of recognized rights and freedoms, it closes the door to malicious interpretations that could undermine the impact and effectiveness of the Declaration. This article reaffirms the global commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights and ensures that all proclaimed rights remain inviolable and are universally applicable, without exception or manipulation.

The plaque with Article 30 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is located on the walls of European Institute Campus Stellae.

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