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1. Helsinki Final Act (1975)
(Adopted at the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe, 1 August 1975)

The States participating in the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe,

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Have adopted the following:

(a) Declaration on Principles Guiding Relations between Participating States

The participating States,

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VII. Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief

The participating States will respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief, for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion.

They will promote and encourage the effective exercise of civil, political, economic, social, cultural and other rights and freedoms all of which derive from the inherent dignity of the human person and are essential for his free and full development.

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They confirm the right of the individual to know and act upon his rights and duties in this field.

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