Address of His Holiness John Paul II to the 34th General Assembly of the United Nations (1979)
Permit me to enumerate some of the most important human rights that are universally recognized:
- the right to life, liberty and security of person;
- the right to food, clothing, housing, sufficient health care, rest and leisure;
- the right to freedom of expression, education and culture;
- the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, and the right to manifest one's religion either individually or in community, in public or in private;
- the right to choose a state of life, to found a family and to enjoy all conditions necessary for family life;
- the right to property and work, to adequate working conditions and a just wage;
- the right of assembly and association;
- the right to freedom of movement, to internal and external migration;
- the right to nationality and residence;
- the right to political participation and the right to participate in the free choice of the political system of the people to which one belongs.
All these human rights taken together are in keeping with the substance of the dignity of the human being, understood in his entirety, not as reduced to one dimension only. These rights concern the satisfaction of man's essential needs, the exercise of his freedoms, and his relationship with others; but always and everywhere they concern man, they concern man's full human dimension.