The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. The Declaration represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are entitled. It consists of 30 articles which have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions and laws. Article 4 states that "no one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms".