Shake Your Rights

“While I was doing this poster, I asked myself what is the most important thing to communicate in this category, so I decided to create a character who will transmit happiness and a lot of interest in participating, without prejudices.”

The winning poster by Andreas Silva addresses 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. Andreas Silva’s sunny character, leaping forward with its gloved hand in the air, laughing and shouting as he moves, won one of the prizes in the UN’s international art competition held to celebrate the 6oth Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Andreas from the Universidad ORT in Montevideo, Uruguay found the theme of the competition, “Shake Your Rights” a “very good, optimistic way to realize that we are lucky to express ourselves with liberty.”

The simplicity of his poster, he says “allows you to understand clearly the message, a glove hand representing presence, the right to vote, to choose to do something.”

The posters are the result of a competition promoted by the NGO ART for the World Europa, NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti – Milano, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and supported also by the Italian Ministry of University and Research.


Poster by Federica Crippa. 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.The contest, open to students from Universities and Academies in associated higher education institutions in more than 20 countries, sought the creation of posters interpreting the anniversary theme of “Dignity and Justice for all of us.”

Each poster entry had to represent one of six concepts – dignity and justice, gender, participation, development, culture and environment. Seven winners were chosen with the judges deciding to award a Special Prize.

Tim Phelan, a student from the National College of Arts and Design in Dublin was awarded the Special Prize for his dramatic poster featuring the Universal Declaration as its theme.

Tim says, “It was important for me that the image remained positive while still providing an indication of the injustice and suffering that are still affecting all human rights.”

“I felt that the ‘sixty’ glowing from a solid black would be quite visual and almost symbolic and sparks would add an element of celebration and energy,” says Tim.

The competition and the Shake Your Rights campaign has been publicised globally to communicate the core values of the Universal Declaration.

The successful artists were chosen from a field of more than two hundred contestants from thirty Fine Arts Academies globally. The winning works will be exhibited in Milan early in 2009.

January 2009