Key Documents

Magna Carta (1215)

Habeas Corpus Act (1679)

English bill of Rights (1689)

United States Declaration of Independence (1776)

Thomas Jefferson, An Act for Establishing Religious Freedom (1785)

French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen (1789)

United States Bill of Rights (1791)

American Anti-Slavery Society, Declaration of Sentiments (1833)

Seneca Falls Convention, Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (1848)

United States Constitution: Thirteenth Amendment (1865)

United States Constitution: Fourteenth Amendment (1868)

United States Constitution: Fifteenth Amendment (1870)

United States Constitution: Nineteenth Amendment (1920)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Four Freedoms Speech (1941)

United Nations Charter (1945) [Adopted and Entry into Force, 1945]

United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948) [Adopted, 1948; Entry into Force, 1951]

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War (1949) [Adopted, 1949; Entry into Force, 1950]

United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951)

United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) [Adopted, 1966; Entry into Force, 1976]

United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (1966) [Adopted, 1966; Entry into Force, 1976]

American Convention on Human Rights (1969) [Adopted, 1969; Entry into Force, 1978]

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons (1975)

Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 (1977) [Adopted, 1977; Entry into Force, 1979]

European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1977) [Adopted, 1977; Entry into Force, 1979]

Harvey Milk, "Hope Speech" (1978)

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discriminations Against Women (1979) [Adopted, 1979; Entry into Force, 1981]

African [Banjul] Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (1981) [Adopted, 1981; Entry into Force, 1986]

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) [Adopted, 1989; Entry into Force, 1990]

United Nations International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (1990)

United Nations Guidelines on the Protection of Refugee Women (1991)

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Fourth World Conference on Women (1995)

African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (1999)

Accra Confession: Covenanting for Justice in the Economy and the Earth (2004)