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Charter 77 Declaration

Published January 1977

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Charter 77 Declaration

The Charter 77  declaration and petition appeared in western Europe in January 1977; it was a human rights document authored by a group of Czechoslovakians that spawned a movement later known as Charter 77. The document cits Czechoslovakian government’s violations of human rights based on the country’s Constitution and international treaties to which it had signed. Some founding members of Charter 77 were involved in the transition from Communist to democratic rule in 1989.