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What is the Magna Carta and why there is a Google Doodle?

King John signing the Magna Carta. This illustration looks like it's from a Victorian/Edwardian schoolbook.


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Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Wikipedia

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948, was the result of the experience of the Second World War. With the end of that war, and the creation of the United Nations, the international community vowed never again to allow atrocities like those of that conflict happen again. World leaders decided to complement the UN Charter with a road map to guarantee the rights of every individual everywhere.

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This charter was adopted by all members of the UN, why should it be naive to pressure them into respecting it?

December 10, 1948 – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt with the Spanish version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.