Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Inspired by U.S. First Amendment: Five Freedoms

There is a universal right to free expression, and it is a fundamental human right, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. This universal right to free expression has its roots in the very First Amendment to the US Constition. Above, attorney Kevin Hayslett explains the First Amendment, as it relates to freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition.

The Illinois First Amendment Center, a program of the Illinois Press Foundation, produces educational materials about the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which is a model for countries the world over. It produces free classroom materials on the five freedoms — and why they are important to Americans and to other nationalities. It also provides a good summary of the importance of the First Amendment in history.

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