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Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Stories on Human Rights posters

Throughout 2008, over 200 arts students originating from more than 20 countries entered into a poster competition developed and run by Art for the World and the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan. The students developed the “Shake your Rights” campaign, which also included street performances and events in Milan , as well as the poster competition which aimed to engage youth in raising worldwide awareness of human rights. The competition was conducted under the auspices of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the patronage of the Italian Ministry of University and Research.

Contestants were asked to give their own interpretation of the “Stories on Human Rights” six cross-cutting themes of Culture, Development, Dignity and Justice, Environment, Gender, and Participation, drawing their inspiration from the Universal Declaration's 60th anniversary slogan: “Dignity and Justice for all of us”. Seven posters were selected, including a special prize for a generic 60th anniversary prize.

Culture

CULTURE

The concept of human rights is bound closely to the belief that culture is precious and central to our identity. No-one has the right to dominate, direct or eradicate that culture or impose theirs upon us.

Winning poster by Alex Castiglioni of the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, Italy.

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Culture (ZIP)

Dignity and Justice

DIGNITY & JUSTICE

Declaration's core values of non-discrimination and equality are ultimately a commitment to universal justice and recognition of inherent human dignity.

Winning poster by Ivana Brajdic of the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Dignity and Justice (ZIP)

Development

DEVELOPMENT

Poverty is a key factor that undercuts the realisation of the full potential of the human being and societies who can only develop fully through concerted national and international efforts.

Winning poster by Tamara Ana McCarthy Mayoral of the National College of Arts and Design in Dublin, Ireland.

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Development (ZIP)

Environment

ENVIRONMENT

Over the past 60 years, as our recognition of environmental degradation has grown so has our understanding that changes in the environment can have a significant impact on our ability to enjoy our human rights.

Winning poster by Federica Crippa of the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, Italy.

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Environment (ZIP)

Gender

GENDER

Gender equality is not a ‘women's issue' but refers to the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women and men, girls and boys, and should concern and fully engage men as well as women.

Winning poster by Nick Rutte of the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Gender (ZIP)

Participation

PARTICIPATION

Wherever we live and in whatever sort of society, one of our basic rights is to be allowed to take a full part in the life of our community. Our participation should be active, free and meaningful.

Winning poster by Andreas Silva of the Universidad ORT in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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Participation (ZIP)

60th Anniversary of the UDHR

60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

A special prize was awarded on the theme of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a universal, enduring and enduring document that concerns us all.

Winning poster by Tim Phelan of the National College of Arts and Design in Dublin, Ireland.

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Special prize (ZIP)

Film project

Stories on Human Rights

Messages and statements

2008
Navi Pillay,
High Commissioner for Human Rights
,
Statement for Human Rights Day 2008
F | S

2007
Ban Ki-moon,
UN Secretary General

Message for Human Rights Day 2007
 A | C | F | R | S

Louise Arbour,
High Commissioner for Human Rights,
Statement for Human Rights Day 2007
F | S

Speech commemorating Human Rights Day 2007

Summary statements of Human Rights Day event

Commemorative events

Detainees Week initiative

2008 UN Human Rights Prize

Human Rights Day 2007 webcast

Official Human Rights Day event:
Programme (Word)
Modalities (Word)

Related information

United Nations - Human Rights Day 2007

Know Your Rights 2008

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

UDHR in 413 translations

Universal donorship appeal

The history of Human Rights Day

Council of Europe