27. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights1 forms the basis of all human rights protection at the United Nations, although being declaratory in nature it places no direct legal obligations on states2. The Declaration commences with the statement that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood3, then provides that all persons are entitled to enjoy a list of basic human rights covering civil, political, economic, social and cultural freedoms4 including:


    (1)     the right to life, liberty and security