The Battle of Bouvines was fought on this day, 27th July, 1214, a mere eight hundred years ago this year. Despite the first steps towards human rights in the third century B.C. in Mesopotamia whenever a new king started his reign, as with the clay Cyrus Cylinder of 539 B.C. laying down certain decrees of Cyrus the Great of Persia, the outcome of the Battle of Bouvines was key in this issue. It led to Magna Carta and thus to the Declaration of Independence by the newly born USA, the Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen in France in 1789 and thus the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. http://www. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28484146 Should today be a day of celebration?