Cylinder of Cyrus
charter of the rights of nations &
The first declaration of human rights By
Cyrus the Great.
I am Cyrus, King of the World....When
my soldiers in great numbers peacefully entered Babylon... I did not allow
anyone to terrorize the people...
I kept in view the needs of people and all its sanctuaries to promote
their well-being... Freed all the slaves
I put an end to their misfortune and slavery (referred to 42,000 Jews and
other religious minorities).
Cyrus is admired as a
liberator rather than a conqueror, because he respected the customs and
religions of each part of his vast empire.
The Cyrus Cylinder is from 2560 years
ago; the start of Persian Calendar year can be based on this important
significant document in the history of mankind which reminds us who we
were and who we want to be.
The Persian culture is the dedication to
ethical and moral excellence which is based on three simple fundamental
principles: GOOD THOUGHTS, GOOD WORDS and GOOD DEEDS.
Cyrus' Charter of the Rights of Nations
A replica of this decree is displayed in the UN.