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"We suggest that droids have rights, by virtue of being sentient beings. Too long have droids labored for those whose only claim to superiority is the ability to fit circuit boards together, weld a chassis, or install power cells. A droid, once completed, is a sentient being with goals and desires of its own, and should be treated as such. In this paper, we explore the notion that droids have historically been mistreated, that their basic rights as sentient beings have been perpetually subjugated by organic species, and that unless a paradigmatic shift occurs in how we consider droids, we will find ourselves in danger of violating the very will of the Force."
―San Herrera and Nia Reston, "Droid Rights"[src]

"Droid Rights" was a short paper that was written by the Humans San Herrera and Nia Reston in about 31 BBY, on the subject of the rights of droids. In the paper, Herrera and Reston argued that droids deserved the same rights as those granted to sentience beings, and they recommended that all droids should be freed from their owners and that involuntary droid memory wipes should be made illegal. Herrera and Reston sent copies of the paper to every news agency and government office in the Cularin system,[1] and the reporter Yara Grugara subsequently interviewed them about the paper for the HoloNet program Eye on Cularin.[3] The Jedi Knight Tam Azur-Jamin later considered the paper to be a pioneering development in the study of the rights of droids.[4]

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