FAIFE is an initiative within IFLA to defend and promote the basic human rights defined in Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The FAIFE Committee and Office furthers free access to information and freedom of expression in all aspects, directly or indirectly, related to libraries and librarianship. FAIFE monitors the state of intellectual freedom within the library community world-wide, supports IFLA policy development and co-operation with other international human rights organisations, and responds to violations of free access to information and freedom of expression.
- Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both hold and express opinions and to seek and receive information.
- Intellectual freedom is the basis of democracy.
- Intellectual freedom is the core of the library concept.
FAIFE supports and co-operates with relevant international bodies, organisations or campaigns such as UNESCO, PEN International, Article XIX, Index on Censorship, IFEX and Amnesty International
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