IRRC No. 290

Milestones in the defence of dignity and basic human rights in America

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20 July 1500 Royal decree addressed to the King's retainer Pedro de Torres, ordering the release and repatriation of Indians brought to Spain from Hispaniola. The historian Altamira considered this document as the “first acknowledgement of the respect due to the dignity and freedom of all men, however ignorant and primitive they may be”.

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