U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Updated: May 2015
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Article 21 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:


(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.


(2)  Everyone has the right to equal access to public service in his country.


(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.