Section I Fundamental Rights

 

Article 1 Human Dignity

Human 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 Media

Every 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 Education

Everyone 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 Association

Everyone 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 Care

Everyone 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 Life

States 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 Integrity

Torture, or cruel and degrading treatment are prohibited.

 

Article 8 Freedom of Religion

Everyone 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 Equality

Everyone 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 Representation and Voting

All 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 Environment

Everyone 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 Shelter

Everyone 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 Intellectual Property

Everyone 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 Labor

Everyone 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 Information

Everyone 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 Life

People 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 Children

Every 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 Movement

Everyone 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 Culture

Everyone 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 Trial

No 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 Seizure

Everyone 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 Law

Everyone 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 in a court of law when the rights listed herein are at issue against a government, government official, or private individual acting closely with government officials, or on behalf of the government.

 

Article 23 Responsibility for Violation of Rights

Any 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 and Injunctive relief for the Violation of Rights

Any 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. Weather 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 Judiciary

All 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 Courts

The 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.