Jun 26, 2007

First Draft of the Constitution, part 12

Article 37 The Right to Freedom

(1) The Right to Freedom is considered to be of particular importance to the Kingdom, government, and citizens of the Kingdom of Edan.

(2) The Kingdom shall make no laws that limit the freedom of a person's thought, belief, or religion except where the practice of such beliefs or religion can be demonstrated to endanger others or deprive others of their basic rights. In such cases the practice of such beliefs or religion shall be limited, not the holding of them.

(3) The Kingdom shall make no laws limiting the freedom of the press, except in cases of public morals and public order.

(4) The Kingdom shall make no law that limits the freedom of speech, except in the case of public order. A person who exercises their freedom of speech is also responsible for the abuse of that right to commit libel, slander, and other such offenses as defined by law.

(5) The Kingdom shall make no laws preventing the peaceful assembly of people in public or private, except where such assembly interferes with normal commercial activity, inconveniences people in their routine activity, or is inherently dangerous to those assembling or to others.

(6) The Kingdom shall make no laws limiting the right of the people to organize into associations or political parties, except where said organizations or political parties use, threaten the use of, or advocate violence or where such groups deprive or attempt to deprive others of their basic rights.

(7) No person may be arrested without a warrant issued by a judge except in cases of direct observance of a crime. A warrant shall not be issued without probable cause. All warrants must name the place(s) to be searched and the item or person to be seized.

(8) Slavery is forbidden within the Kingdom of Edan, its territories, protectorates, and any other realms controlled by the Kingdom.


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