The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

A refinement and advancement of the principles set forth in The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen (1789).  Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948, it provides a contemporary common ground starting point for the development of peaceful and fraternal/sororal relations among humans worldwide. Image links to official UN English text.

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The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen

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, that such a document served as impulse to the Reign of Terror. Image links to the Yale Law School translation.