A refinement and advancement of the principles set forth in The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen (1789), The Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides a contemporary common ground starting point for the development of peaceful and fraternal/sororal relations among humans worldwide. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly 10 December 1948. Image links to official UN English text.
The Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution led to the end of the ancient Western monarchical and feudal system. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen (1789) is a document of fundamental importance from that period. It sets forth universal, fundamental, inalienable, human rights. Strange, though, such a document served as impulse to the Reign of Terror. Image links to the Yale Law School translation.