The prevalence of the principle of respect of the dignity of the human person is identified with the ultimate aim itself of Law, of the legal order, both national and international. By virtue of this fundamental principle, every person ought to be respected (in her honour and in her beliefs) by the simple fact of belonging to humankind, irrespective of any circumstance.
from: Humankind as a subject of International Law,
In: International Law for Humankind, p. 279
Authors: Antônio Augusto and Cançado Trindade