International Intellectual Freedom Basics

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”—Article 19, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

International Human Rights Instruments

A Summary of United Nations Agreements on Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Towards Knowledge Societies, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Report.

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The Universal Right to Free Expression: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights

“Libraries shall make materials, facilities and services equally accessible to all users. There shall be no discrimination due to race, creed, gender, age or for any other reason.”—IFLA Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom

"[F]reedom of expression and the free flow of information, to which it is closely linked, are the essential conditions of the emergence of knowledge societies."— Towards Knowledge Societies," United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Report.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Statement on Libraries and Intellectual Freedom

Codes of Ethics from Library Associations Worldwide

A Collection of Statements on Intellectual Freedom adopted by National Library Associations

The IFLA Internet Manifesto

The Glasgow Declaration on Libraries, Information Services and Intellectual Freedom