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Original Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789 1791)

Documentary heritage submitted by France and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2003.

It is proposed that the first edition of the 1789 Declaration on the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which was finalized by the National Assembly in Paris during the summer of 1789, be included in the Memory of the World Register. This fundamental legacy of the French Revolution formed the basis of the United Nations Declaration of 1948 and is of universal value. 

This document was used to disseminate to the political community the first-ever French Constitution and represents the first printed version of that text. It has immense historical significance.

  • Year of submission: 2003
  • Year of inscription: 2003
  • Country: France
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