Article 1 Human DignityHuman dignity is the source of all human rights, and every person can enforce in court the rights stated herein, whether they are in their homeland, or any foreign land.
Article 2 Freedom of Speech and the MediaEvery person, and the media, has the right to freedom of speech and expression; this right includes freedom to see, receive and share information and ideas on public property, or private property that has been opened to the public such as shopping centers, whether the ideas are popular or not, and to freely criticize government, religious or business leaders through any media and regardless of borders.
Article 3 EducationEveryone has the right to education, from pre-school through college, for free or low cost, as defined by law. Parents have the responsibility to enroll their children in school, unless comparable schooling is offered at home.
Article 4 Freedom of Assembly and AssociationEveryone has the right to gather peacefully, in small groups or large ones, without weapons, and to hold meetings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets in public squares and other public places.
Article 5 Health CareEveryone has a right to free or low cost health care, including pre-natal, vision, dental and mental care, as well as sufficient food necessary for good health, as defined by law.
Article 6 LifeStates may not practice capital punishment, and given that weapons of mass destruction entail a grave threat to the right to life of all humanity, the use of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, chemical, biological or other similar
types of weapons, is prohibited.
Article 7 Physical IntegrityTorture, or cruel and degrading treatment are prohibited.
Article 8 Freedom of ReligionEveryone has the right to choose his or her own religious beliefs, including the right to change one’s religion, or to have no religion, and government
and religion shall remain separate.
Article 9 EqualityEveryone is equal before the law and entitled to equal protection of the law, no one shall be prejudiced or favored because of his or her birth, race, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, color, disability, wealth, language, national origin, faith, religion or political opinion. In order to promote the achievement of equality, legislative and other measures designed to protect or advance persons or categories of persons, disadvantaged by past unfair discrimination may be taken.
Article 10 Representative and VotingAll power to govern emanates from the people through their choice of representatives and not from military position, religion, caste, heredity or any non-elective title or position, therefore, anyone 18 years old, or older, has the right to run for office and to have the chance for election through a secret ballot. To ensure opportunities for widespread participation within the democratic process, and to protect against corruption, no political representative shall serve more than 20 years in one position. Only individuals, not corporations or other entities, shall be allowed to contribute money or other assets to candidates or ballot measures, but individuals may combine to contribute as a group. The total annual contribution by any individual, whether it is to one candidate or divided among several candidates and ballot measures, shall not exceed the median income for the country in which the person resides.
Article 11 EnvironmentEveryone has the right to a clean and healthy environment, including water that is safe to drink, food that is safe to eat, and air that is safe to breathe. In addition, both for the benefit of future generations and for the species themselves, there is also a right to the preservation of species and their habitat, and all large scale development projects shall consider environmental impacts, including the opportunity for public review and comment.
Article 12 ShelterEveryone has the right, along with his or her family, to shelter with safe water, electricity, and sanitary conditions, as defined by law, and every person or family given assistance with shelter has a responsibility to help maintain that, or other, shelters.
Article 13 Physical and Intelluctual PropertyEveryone has the right to own, buy and sell property and the government may not take private property except for public use, and if it does, then it must pay market price for the property. The government must publish a public record showing precisely who owns a piece of property, and what boundaries and limitations exist for the property. Also, everyone engaged in cultural, artistic and scientific fields has the right to the protection of their intellectual property.
Article 14 LaborEveryone has the right to choose his or her occupation or profession and to a living wage for their work, as well as the right to form and join a union and to participate in the activities and programs of a union, including the right to strike and collective bargaining. To recognize merit and fairness, no employer or officer of any public or private company of more than 20 people, shall earn more than 2,000 times the lowest paid worker of that company.
Article 15 Privacy and InformationEveryone shall have the right to privacy in his or her home, hotel room, vehicle, or vessel and to have interpersonal relations as they choose; therefore, eavesdropping or surveillance of private communications or relationships is forbidden without a court order as part of a criminal investigation. In addition, everyone has a right to access, obtain, and correct information collected about them by the government or private companies, unless such information is part of a criminal investigation or prosecution.
Article 16 Family LifePeople of full age have the right to marry and choose who they will marry. Also, men and women are entitled to equal rights at marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
Article 17 ChildrenEvery child has the right to a name and a nationality from birth and no child under 18 may be recruited as a soldier or otherwise used in armed conflict, even voluntarily. Children 16 or younger shall not work full time during school hours unless provisions for home schooling have been established, as defined by law.
Article 18 Citizenship and MovementEveryone has the right to a document of citizenship. No citizen may have his or her citizenship revoked, nor may any citizen be denied the right to enter freely and leave his or her country, but citizens also have the responsibility to share the costs of public expenditures, including the payment of taxes. To prevent the misuse of taxes, any person who presents evidence to their government of the improper use of government funds, and the government retrieves some or all of those funds, may receive 5%-20% of that amount, plus attorney’s fees and costs, as determined by the Court.
Article 19 CultureEveryone has a right to his or her cultural identity, including the right to use his or her own language and engage in his or her own cultural traditions, provided that such exercise does not prevent the traditions of others, or violate the rights embodied in this Bill of Rights.
Article 20 Arrest and Fair TrialNo person shall be arrested or imprisoned without a judicial warrant and an arrestee has the right to counsel. Any charges shall be made in a courtroom open to the public, including the news media, and the arrestee has the right to personally appear in court and have the validity of the arrest or detention determined within 72 hours by an independent judge. Everyone who is charged with any criminal offense has the right to be released prior to trial absent a showing that they will flee or are a danger to others. Trial includes a fair public hearing by an independent and impartial court within three months from arrest and to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, according to law.
Article 21 Search and SeizureEveryone is protected from unreasonable searches and seizures of his or her person, home, car and belongings such as a phone or computer, among other things, therefore, a warrant must be obtained from the court prior to the search or seizure unless the search or seizure occurs during or shortly after the commission of a crime and there is evidence linking the items seized to the crime.
Article 22 Due Process of LawEveryone is entitled to fair procedures to safeguard
his or her rights, therefore, no one may be deprived of
life, liberty, or property without due process of law. To
insure the full realization of rights, everyone is entitled
to counsel when the rights listed herein are at issue in
a court of law.
Article 23 Responsibility for Violation of RightsAny private individual, private or public company, or
public official, agent or employee of the government,
as well as the government itself, that violates the rights
set forth in this Bill of Rights, is not immune from
liability, qualified or otherwise, and is responsible to
pay damages, including attorney’s fees and costs, to the
person whose rights have been violated.
Article 24 Trial for Violation of RightsAny person, organization, or company who claims a
violation of this Bill of Rights by government officials,
agents, or employees, or any private individual or
private or public company, shall have a right to a
public trial, and to injunctive relief either stopping or
requiring an act in accordance with the application
of the rights herein. Whether the case is decided by
the court or a jury, a public decision will be issued,
determining if these rights have been violated.
Article 25 Independent JudiciaryAll judges are beholden to the fair and impartial
interpretation of this document, and not the nation
from which they were appointed, or any other nation,
or private entity. No person shall give a judge any
money, gift or service other than the judge’s official
salary, and no party to a case, nor any person acting
on his or her behalf, may speak to a judge about a case
without the presence of, or at least knowledge of, the
other party. Judicial independence requires financial
independence, and no judge shall earn less than three
times the national median income.
Article 26 Funding Rights and CourtsThe rule of law and rights herein benefit the citizens and
businesses of all countries, therefore, each country shall
annually contribute one percent of its gross national
product into an international fund for the creation,
use and support of educational, healthcare and judicial
facilities, and salaries internationally, including the
Courts described in Articles 27-34. The funding
shall be distributed by an independent international
non-governmental organization comprised of leaders
appointed in a similar manner to the judges on the
International Court of Human Rights described below.
Article 27 Composition of the CourtAn International Court of Human Rights shall be
created. The Court shall be comprised of one judge from
each country that has ratified this Bill of Rights in its
entirety, without reservation. Regional courts, subject
to review by the International Court, and composed of
one judge from each country in the region, shall also be
organized through the continued operation of existing
regional courts, and the creation of new ones.
Article 28 Terms of Service for JusticesThe judges’ terms for the International Court of
Human Rights and the regional courts shall be 6 years
and no judge may serve more than 3 terms. Each judge
shall have 4 law clerks, selected by the judge, with at
least 2 of the 4 coming from countries different than
the country that nominated the judge.
Article 29 Application of the Bill of Rights in all CountriesThe rights included in this Bill of Rights may be raised
before the courts of all countries, as well as all regional
courts, and the International Court of Human Rights.
Article 30 Supremacy of RightsThis Bill of Rights establishes a minimum standard
to which all people are entitled, and is superior to
any conflicting law. Any country may enact a law or
interpret its own Constitution to provide for rights
greater than those guaranteed by this Bill of Rights.
Article 31 Submissions of Claims in the Country of OriginNo claim for a violation of rights may be brought
before the International Court of Human Rights until
the claim has first been brought in the domestic courts
of the country in which the claim arose, including an
appeal to the highest domestic appellate court, as well
as any regional court, however, a case may originate at
the regional court if there is a showing of strong and
convincing evidence that redress from the domestic
court is untimely or impracticable.
Article 32 Hearings at the International CourtCases before the International Court are heard by
Chambers of fifteen judges, fourteen randomly selected,
along with the judge from the country in which the
case arose. A Chamber’s decision may be reviewed by
two-thirds of the Court, randomly selected, along with
the judge from the country in which the case arose, if a
majority of the judges on the Court agree to review it.
Article 33 Court DecisionsOnce a case has been admitted, oral argument shall be
the norm and a written decision by the majority of the
Chamber, or the reviewing court, shall be published,
in an official reporter. Dissenting opinions shall also be
published, and each judge may write separately or join
in an opinion by a group.
Article 34 Enforcement of DecisionsDecisions of the International Court of Human Rights
are enforceable through the domestic courts in the
country from which the case arose. Failure of any
government to comply with the decisions of the Court
may result in expulsion from the International Bill
of Rights treaty following a vote of two-thirds of the
judges of the Court.