The rights to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and to a fair trial, as well as the right not to be held in slavery and not to be tortured are among many other universal guarantees taken for granted in many parts of the world.
Such freedoms and protections are the result of centuries of struggle. In the places where they are enforced, they were secured by domestic and international declarations and treaties.
And the struggle to secure basic civil rights and liberties continues — in the United States and worldwide. Dozens of important human rights milestones have been celebrated around the world over the last 20 years. 24/7 Tempo reviewed news media, United Nations, government, and other sources to compile a list of some of the most important events and achievements since 2000.