Sunday, January 16, 2011

Quotation for the day: The United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

In all its benign statist glory, the United Nations declare the right of freedom of movement:
1. Liberty of movement is an indispensable condition for the free development of a person.
4. Everyone lawfully within the territory of a State enjoys, within that territory, the right to move freely and to choose his or her place of residence. In principle, citizens of a State are always lawfully within the territory of that State...
5. The right to move freely relates to the whole territory of a State, including all parts of federal States. According to article 12, paragraph 1, persons are entitled to move from one place to another and to establish themselves in a place of their choice. The enjoyment of this right must not be made dependent on any particular purpose or reason for the person wanting to move or to stay in a place...
United Nations, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 12 (18 October 1999); viewable online here.

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