Primary Source Documents
Looking to include primary sources and discussions about human rights in existing curriculum? Our staff has curated a collection of historical documents related to human rights that educators can add into existing lessons.
The documents listed here were created prior to the 20th century. They are both legal documents and literary or other cultural documents that influenced society’s perception of the value and domain of human rights.
The documents listed here are from the 20th and 21st centuries. Originating from around the world, these documents demonstrate the international community’s dedication to protecting and promoting human rights.
Documents by Theme
The following pages include documents related to major topics in the field of human rights. These lists are not exhaustive, but do illustrate some of the international community’s work in these fields.