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The complete Dutch text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ratified by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. This declaration, which was famously championed by Eleanor Roosevelt, proclaims that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” It enjoins U.N. member states to “strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance.” It is considered by some observers to be the most significant rights document in history.
The handout is designed with classroom needs in mind. The text is set in easy-to-read, 11-point type. Lines of text are numbered for easy reference in classroom discussion. A lined section on the right side of the page provides space for the reader to take notes. (These lines use the same spacing as college-ruled notepaper.) The document’s title as well as country and year of publication are clearly indicated. The handout, which has an even number of pages for easy front-back copying, is optimized for black-and-white printing and to save printer/photocopier ink/toner to reduce your printing costs.
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