Gambia and Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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As far as we can go back in history human rights have been violated, nonetheless many attempts have been made to protect human rights. The first attempt was the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights after World War II. The world agreeing to this declaration was a way to ensure that the lives of so many people weren’t to be lost again for unnecessary reasons. The main purpose of this declaration is making sure that all humans have the right to freedom, justice, and peace in the world. It also says that everyone has the right to nationality, religion, and his or her own opinion. Unfortunately today in many countries human rights are still violated. One of the countries that violates human rights is The Gambia and I will be focusing on Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article 19 of the universal declaration of human rights states “ Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes the right to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” “Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. The full enjoyment of this right is central to achieving individual freedoms and to developing democracy.” However in The Gambia although the constitution and law provide for freedom of speech and press, the government has restricted these rights.

The Gambia one of Africa's smallest countries and unlike many of its West

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