The Right to Read
6 August 1953
The 12th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 4-8 August, 1953 in Paris, France:
The XII International Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom meeting in Paris, August 4-8th, 1953,
Deeply concerned about renewed attacks on the Freedom to Read pledges itself to defend, wherever necessary, everyone’s right to think, to read and to judge.
Free thought, free writing, free reading are essential to the preservation of a free community and a creative culture.
The suppression of dissident ideas and controversy must, of necessity, destroy intellectual and spiritual diversity, flexibility and elasticity – the most precious characteristics of a democratic society.