Human Rights Throughout History

Events

Hammurabi's Code

1754 B.C

"An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth."

This phrase, along with the idea of written laws, goes back to ancient Mesopotamian culture that prospered long before the Bible was written or the civilizations of the Greeks or Romans flowered.

The Cyrus Cylinder

539 B.C

Cyrus the Great, the firs king of ancient Persia, marked a major advancement for Man when he wrote a set of decrees pertaining to human rights on a round piece of clay, known as the Cyrus Cylinder. Its provisions run parallel to the first four articles of the U.D.H.R.

Magna Carta

1215

Document relating to individual human rights, enstated in England after King John violated a number of acnient customs important to his subjects.

Petition of Right

1628

The next recorded milestone in the development of human rights was the Petition of Right, produced in 1628 by the English Parliament and sent to Charles I as a statement of civil liberties.

U.S Constitution

1787

Document protecting the rights of people from the powers of government.

U.S Bill Of Rights

1791

Furthur protecting the rights of individuals in the U.S.

Birth of the United Nations

1945

The United Nations was formed in the last years of WWII. Governments committed to creating the U.N to bolster international peace.