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The Bill of Interspecies Rights (1896 National Council Legislation)

Preamble to the Bill of Interspecies Rights
The National Council of the National and Central Republic of Montesardo-East Adanzi initiated and held at the City of New Puledra, on Wednesday the Sixteenth of April, one thousand eight hundred ninety six.

With the purpose of ensuring and protecting the universal rights of all sapient species, in order to prevent from violations of such rights and prevent any government from interfering with such. It is the obligation of the Montesardi Republic to ensure and protect the following amendments to who these may apply.

Resolved and reviewed by the National Council and the Union Committee of the National and Central Republic of Montesardo-East Adanzi, with the approval of 80% of those assembled today including Prime Minister Anna Ezmeraldi Fulgencie Allamar approving, that the following articles and amendments to the Constitution of 1896, all, and completely all are considered valid in all intents and purposes as of the said Constitution.

Amendment I
The National Council shall not impose a national religion, or restrict the free expression of the exercise of thereof; or restrict the free speech, or of the press; or the right of the individuals right to peacefully assemble in protest, and to inform the Government of universal disapproval.

Amendment II
No sapient species or subspecies shall be considered superior upon one another. The government must allow all sapient species the same rights and luxuries of such to anyone that classify as such.

Amendment III
The Government has no right to seize individual property from its citizens without their consent and approval, therefore reserving the right of private property for the citizens of the Republic.

Amendment IV
No sapient species shall be held responsible for any crime, unless of a presentment or indictment of a Federal Judge, excluding when in times of national distress; nor shall any individual be subject to the same offence to be tried twice in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall they be obligated to participate in any criminal case to be a witness without their consent or valid justification.

Amendment V
In civil disputes regarding debts, no individual will be sent to prison if the quantity does not exceed ten golden bits, the right of an economic judge and an investigation committee shall take control of the case and resolve the dispute.

Amendment VI
In any criminal prosecution, the accused has the right to a public trial, free of biased decisions where the province and locality in which the crime was committed, which the locality must be ascertained by Federal Law, and to be informed of the cause and nature of the accusation; to be confronted with witnesses or clear evidence against them; to have the same right of obtaining evidence and witness in favour of, and to not be deprived of the right of assistance from a legal attorney.

Amendment VII
No Government authority has the right to intrude the residence, business nor personal belongings of an individual; be it whatever cause, without a valid warrant approved by the locality's respective attorneys office, and justification of the reason of intrusion.

Amendment VIII
The amendments presented do not nullify nor restrict those who have been presented thereafter the approval of such document, nor do they state that such rights are the only ones individuals may count with.

Amendment IX
The National Parliament respectfully provides and defends such rights, all others are dependent of the provinces and localities thereof to provide and approve of other rights and/or restrictions as long as they do not interfere with the constitution or this respective document.