Essay on The Constitution And The Declaration Of Human Rights

1694 Words Sep 24th, 2016 7 Pages
As an American citizen, we have the right to freedom, but with freedom comes responsibilities as well. Citizens across the nation practice their rights with freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of peaceful protests, the right of suffrage, and other rights that are contained within the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Human Rights. As citizens exercise their rights, the question is, how many of these individuals know where exactly their rights originate from? The U.S. Constitution is where American political and civil rights are outlined, France’s Declaration of Human and Civic Rights is one of the basic charters of human liberties (Declaration of Rights of Man and of the Citizen, n.d.), and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the social and cultural rights. Although the three have several similarities, they differ when it comes to the audience whom they are addressing. Two rights that are shared by all three documents, is freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Within the first Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, it states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” (Bill of Rights, n.d.). Within France’s Declaration of Human and Civic Rights, Article 11 states that, “free communication of ideas and of opinions is one of the most precious rights of man. Any citizen may therefore speak, write and publish freely,…

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