Langenscheidt, Der Große Muret-Sanders:
Menschenrechte pl human rights, rights of man
Cassell's German Dictionary:
Menschenrechte n. pl. rights of man, human rights
Encyclopedia Britannica (human rights):
The expression "human rights" is relatively new, having come into everyday parlance only since World War II and the founding of the United Nations in 1945. It replaces the phrase "natural rights," which fell into disfavour in part because the concept of natural law (to which it was intimately linked) had become a matter of great controversy, and the later phrase "the rights of Man," which was not universally understood to include the rights of womenhttp://www.ushistory.org/paine/
But, instead of continuing to help the Revolutionary cause, he returned to Europe and pursued other ventures, including working on a smokeless candle and an iron bridge. In 1791-92, he wrote The Rights of Man in response to criticism of the French Revolution. This work caused Paine to be labeled an outlaw in England for his anti-monarchist views.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_t...
The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (French: La Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen) is one of the fundamental documents of the French Revolution, defining a set of individual rights and collective rights of the people. It was adopted August 26, 1789, by the National Constituent Assembly (Assemblée Nationale Constituante), as the first step toward writing a constitution