I. DEFINITIONS: When used herein the following words shall mean:
- A "person" (plural "persons" or "people") is a human (species Homo sapiens, primarily subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens); it is a species individual members of which typically have inherent capacities of consciousness, self-consciousness, reason, and morality; it is a species individual members of which generally at birth become a part of culturally established forms of social relations such as kinship, family, and community resulting in ethical and legal responsibilities, and from which psychological and economic benefits frequently are derived; "Indigenous peoples" refers to the descendants of the first or earliest known people present in a region, particularly of persons who inhabited the Americas and the Pacific Islands before the arrival of European colonizers and settlers.
- A "family" is a group of people affiliated either by consanguinity (by birth) or affinity (by marriage, co-residence, or other legally recognized relationship excluding slavery or employment), or some combination of these.
- "Community" refers to any small or large social units of persons based upon race, language, ethnicity, family, interests, norms, goals, religion, values, and/or identity who share a sense of place that is situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a country, state, county, village, town, or neighborhood), in an economy (whether local, national, or international, or all three), or in shared virtual space such as through the internet (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and in its broadest sense can refer to all persons living on the Earth.
- "Organizations" refers to communities that are structured and managed to meet a need or to pursue collective goals; an organization has a management structure that determines relationships between the different activities and the members, and subdivides and assigns roles, responsibilities, and authority to carry out different tasks; organizations are open systems - they affect and are affected by their environment.
- "Equitable" means characterized by equity and fairness, what is just and right, not based exclusively on ideological, religious, or theoretical dogma nor on legal technicalities.
- A "state" is a government of a country which is a member of the United Nations; provided, however, that when such a government is a federation created by its member separate states which have assigned certain powers to the central government while retaining control over all other matters, then "state" includes both the government of the country and the governments of the separate federated states.
- A "nationality" is the legal relationship between a person and a state which affords the state legal jurisdiction over the person and thereby affords the person the right to legal protection of the state; gaining "citizenship" status additionally assures a person the right to participate in government through voting and standing for election to office.
- "Self-determination" means that a group of persons, based on respect for the principle of equal rights and fair equality of opportunity, have the right to freely choose without interference their state, thereby defining their nationality and international political status.
- "Property" may be
which has economic value andwhich pursuant to the laws of a state is protected and is used by the state or a person (including a person in association with others); pursuant to the laws of a state, ownership is the transferrable right to create, protect, and use property; money is a form of property created by a state; a corporation is a form of property which can be created by persons or a state but only pursuant to the laws of a state granting revocable permission for its right to exist.
- a material object (including land) or portion thereof, either inanimate or animate (other than a person),
- knowledge or information created or organized by a persons or persons,
- an agreement (preferably in writing and
signed) between persons freely created and entered into,
- The "biosphere" means the zone of life on Earth, the worldwide sum of all ecosystems encompassing all living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment which interact as a system.
- "The International Bill of Human Rights" shall mean:
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
- The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights including the First and Second Optional Protocols,
- The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and
- The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
II. STATEMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
- All persons are born free and equal in dignity and rights, are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of common humanity; every person shall strive to assure all other persons the enjoyment and benefits of the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- With regard to human rights and the freedom to express one's humanity, all persons shall respect the rights and dignity of other persons without distinction of any kind; examples of prohibited distinctions include, but are not limited to, a person's:
- race, skin color, or physical appearance;
- gender or age;
- ethnicity or language;
- birthplace or nationality;
- religion or opinions;
- cultural, social, companion, family, or marriage relationships, or lack thereof;
- property ownership, employment, or other economic status, or lack thereof.
- No person shall:
- deprive another person of the rights to life, liberty, freedom of movement, nationality, property, or security of person;
- hold in slavery or servitude another person nor require another person to perform forced or compulsory labor;
- subject another person to torture or to humiliating, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment;
- interfere with another person's privacy or home, nor with malicious intent attack another person's honor and reputation;
- interfere with another person's right to freedom of thought, opinion, expression, and communications, nor their right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
- All persons should work to implement The International Bill of Human Rights within their states.
III. STATEMENT OF STATE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
- In association and collectively with others, based on respect for the principle of equal rights and fair equality of opportunity, all persons have the right of self-determination through the creation of and in conformance with the laws of their states.
- Each state through the implementation and enforcement of its laws shall respect and ensure to all persons within its territory the rights recognized herein and in a manner consistent herewith each state shall work to peacefully to implement The International Bill of Human Rights both within and outside its boundaries.
- Within these United States of America it is understood that "state" refers separately to the federal government, each of the 50 state governments, and the various territorial governments; therefore a person derives a nationality relationship from the state or territory in which they reside, and incidentally from the United States of America.
- If at any time the government of the United States of America acts to deprive persons of one or more of their rights recognized herein, individual state and territorial governments through which those persons derive nationality by virtue of their residency shall afford such persons the protection of their rights; if at any time the government of any individual state or territory acts to deprive such persons of one or more of their rights recognized herein, the government of the United States of America shall afford such persons the protection of their rights.
IV. STATEMENT OF ECONOMIC RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
- Persons cannot be property and property cannot be persons.
- All persons are born with the right to acquire and thereby own property, alone as well as in association with others.
- No person or persons may use, or otherwise take ownership of, property owned by another person or other persons except through a lawful voluntary mutual agreement.
- No person should use property in a manner that results in a violation of the human and/or state rights and obligations recognized both herein and within The International Bill of Human Rights.
- All persons have the right to a standard of living adequate for their own health and well-being and the health and well-being of their families.
- As money is a form of property created by a state, through the taxation of and regulation of the use of money each state shall ensure to all persons within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction the rights recognized herein.
- As corporations are a form of property which can exist only through the laws of a state, through the taxation of and regulation of corporations each state shall ensure to all persons within its territory and subject to its jurisdiction the rights recognized herein.
- Notwithstanding any provisions of The International Bill of Human Rights to the contrary, with regard to forms of property other than money, states shall not take lawfully acquired private property for public use without just compensation.
- The protection and maintenance of the Earth's biosphere is an obligation deriving from the right of a person or persons to own and use property. It is an obligation of every person, individually and within organizations and states, to recognize and consider of the following in their daily activities:
- Science, technology, and innovation have the power to transform societies by providing solutions to both (a) preserve and maintain the biosphere and biodiversity for future generations and (b) increase resilience to natural hazards within all communities.
- Only by creating strong linkages between the natural sciences and society can open communities be created offering a bountiful future for our planet and all its inhabitants.
- By empowering all persons through education and training in the beneficial use of the natural sciences and evidence-based research, humanity can assure that all who are engaged in economic activities will make informed, prudent choices
thereby meeting their obligation to avoid damage to the biosphere.