Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen


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Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen

A document written by French revolutionaries in 1789. It is based on the concept that humans (or at least men) have natural rights that the state must respect. Ideas contained within the declaration include the concept that all men are equal and that law must reflect popular will. It is one of the foundational documents of modern liberalism.
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The second major human rights document of the eighteenth century was the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, drafted by Emmanuel Joseph Sieyes and adopted by the Constituent Assembly of France on August 26, 1789.
Images of patients spouting the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen from their sick beds or reciting revolutionary catechisms in front of stem doctors spring to mind.
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