Key Documents

Magna Carta (1215)
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/translation.html

Habeas Corpus Act (1679)
http://www.constitution.org/eng/habcorpa.htm

English bill of Rights (1689)
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/17th_century/england.asp

United States Declaration of Independence (1776)
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/declare.asp

Thomas Jefferson, An Act for Establishing Religious Freedom (1785)
http://religiousfreedom.lib.virginia.edu/sacred/vaact.html

French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen (1789)
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/rightsof.asp

United States Bill of Rights (1791)
http://www.constitution.org/billofr_.htm

American Anti-Slavery Society, Declaration of Sentiments (1833)
http://www.library.umass.edu/spcoll/digital/antislavery/016.xml

Seneca Falls Convention, Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions (1848)
http://www.america.gov/st/pubs-english/2005/May/20050531160341liameruoy0.2459375.html

United States Constitution: Thirteenth Amendment (1865)
http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.amendmentxiii.html

United States Constitution: Fourteenth Amendment (1868)
http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.amendmentxiv.html

United States Constitution: Fifteenth Amendment (1870)
http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.amendmentxv.html

United States Constitution: Nineteenth Amendment (1920)
http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.amendmentxix.html

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Four Freedoms Speech (1941)
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/fdrthefourfreedoms.htm

United Nations Charter (1945) [Adopted and Entry into Force, 1945]
http://www.un.org/en/documents/charter/

United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948) [Adopted, 1948; Entry into Force, 1951]
http://www.un.org/millennium/law/iv-1.htm

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)
http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War (1949) [Adopted, 1949; Entry into Force, 1950]
http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/instree/y3gctpw.htm

United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951)
http://untreaty.un.org/English/millennium/law/v-14.htm

United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) [Adopted, 1966; Entry into Force, 1976]
http://www.hrweb.org/legal/cpr.html

United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (1966) [Adopted, 1966; Entry into Force, 1976]
http://www.hrweb.org/legal/escr.html

American Convention on Human Rights (1969) [Adopted, 1969; Entry into Force, 1978]
http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/oasinstr/zoas3con.htm

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons (1975)
http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/instree/t3drdp.htm

Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 (1977) [Adopted, 1977; Entry into Force, 1979]
http://www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf/7c4d08d9b287a42141256739003e636b/f6c8b9fee14a77fdc125641e0052b079

European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1977) [Adopted, 1977; Entry into Force, 1979]
http://conventions.coe.int/Treaty/en/Treaties/Html/005.htm

Harvey Milk, "Hope Speech" (1978)
http://www.danaroc.com/guests_harveymilk_122208.html

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discriminations Against Women (1979) [Adopted, 1979; Entry into Force, 1981]
http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/

African [Banjul] Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights (1981) [Adopted, 1981; Entry into Force, 1986]
http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/instree/z1afchar.htm

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) [Adopted, 1989; Entry into Force, 1990]
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/crc.htm

United Nations International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (1990)
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/cmw.htm

United Nations Guidelines on the Protection of Refugee Women (1991)
http://www.unhcr.org/3d4f915e4.html

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Fourth World Conference on Women (1995)
http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/instree/e5dplw.htm

African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (1999)
http://www.un.org/children/conflict/keydocuments/english/africancharteron22.html

Accra Confession: Covenanting for Justice in the Economy and the Earth (2004)
http://warc.jalb.de/warcajsp/news_file/doc-159-1.pdf