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Street art shines a light on human rights

The United Nations in Jordan in collaboration with partners and under the guidance of the renowned Jordanian street artist Suhaib Attar, initiated a street art project in East Amman's Al Hashmi Al Shamali neighborhood. This project involved the creation of a vibrant street art trail illustrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Seventeen house walls were transformed into powerful canvases, showcasing fundamental rights such as freedom of expression, the right to legal recourse, asylum rights, workers' and women's rights, access to food, health, housing, clean water, sanitation, and a healthy environment. Additionally, abstract concepts like civic space and a human rights-based economy were creatively depicted through this unique artistic endeavor.

Throughout 2023, a series of 14 consultations convened over 200 participants from various sectors, including government officials, civil society representatives, experts, children, and refugees. These dialogues explored the intersection of human rights and art, inspiring university art students to craft initial sketches. These sketches were then brought to life through the street art that now adorns the neighborhood.

Guided walking tours to the area each Saturday will engage the public and foster meaningful discussions on the significance and challenges of upholding human rights. The street art trail provides a space for pause, reflection, and dialogue, reinvigorating our commitment to the universal human rights agenda relevant to everyone, everywhere.


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