Ai Weiwei flag for HUMAN RIGHTS (Fly The Flag)


Flying the flag - for all budgets


In addition to making the fully printed flags to fly worldwide for Human Rights day, we're now taking pre-orders for sets of five handwavers with sticks for only £6 incl postage.

Please note that these hand waver flags are priced at £2.60 for the set of 5x flags plus postage of £4.90 UK mainland (£1.20 per handwaver). Our minimum order value for postage on the website defaults to £4.90 per order so please be aware that we've adjusted the selling price down (from £2.60 to £1.10) so that the total is only £6 all in for a set of 5x handwavers and sticks and postage incl. Click here to order.

Fly the Flag for human rights, Ai Weiwei social enterprise flagmaker Red Dragon Flagmakers exclusive Fuel Amnesty International

PLEASE NOTE:  We have listed four generic sizes for sale for this Human Rights project - the four most requested sizes.  We can make ANY size and/or format if you prefer something different so please send through your requirements to us on and receive a no obligation quote. 

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, artist Ai Weiwei has created a flag to celebrate universal human rights. The pale blue flag has a footprint made up of white dots at its centre.

Ai Weiwei flag encourages people to think about human rights

The flag was commissioned by Fly The Flag, a grassroots campaign of creative awareness and activism led by UK arts organisations and human rights charities, including Fuel, Amnesty International, Coventry City of Culture Trust, Donmar Warehouse, Farnham Maltings, Human Rights Watch, Liberty, National Theatre, Sadler's Wells and Tate.

Wherever the flag will be flown, it marks that human rights are for everyone, every day.

Between 24th and 30th June 2019, people around the world are invited to Fly The Flag for human rights in cities, towns and villages, in galleries, and theatres, shopping centres and offices, schools and libraries, parks and civic squares, both physically and online.

The design was inspired by the Ai Weiwei Studio’s visits to over 40 refugee camps in 23 countries between 2016 and 2018. During the visits to the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar, they collected footprints from people who had been forced to walk for miles barefoot over muddy ground. The flag is a reminder to the whole world that we are one. When one person’s human rights are violated, they are violated for all humankind.  

Ai Weiwei says about the flag: “Wherever in the world we live, our first infant steps are the first imprint we make on the earth. Our rights as humans are established naturally and equally by this first small act of life.

Ai hopes his design will act as a visual reminder for people to educate themselves on the meaning of human rights.

The flag is intended to offer hope and to encourage young people to discuss the importance of universal human rights. Fly The Flag has produced resources for school pupils of all ages which are available to download from the website.

"I am honoured to have the opportunity to design a flag for the 70th anniversary for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As we all come to learn, human rights are the precious result from generation after generation's understanding of the human struggle. I am proud to be a part of this force". Ai Weiwei

First class flags - guaranteed

All our flags are guaranteed 100% made in the UK. Our main workshop is in South Wales (UK) and as the only social enterprise flag maker in the world, we supply flags of every size, description and design to all markets and clients worldwide - no order too small - and we invest all our profits into the rehabilitation, training and employment of people in our local communities.

No obligation quotes

Buying flags from Red Dragon Flagmakers gives extra social value to your spending power and the design and manufacture of custom flags is our speciality (and all quotes are supplied with no obligation). 

Printed or traditional sewn flags - its your call

Quality printed flags are available to buy through this website page per size but if you would prefer a traditional sewn and stitched flag and you can't see the size you require on this page listing, please email us on with the size you'd like and we'll send you a quote for review.

Made for you and supplied to you

Each flag is finished and supplied with a strong canvas, rope and toggle, triple sewn fly end and supplied with a complimentary shower proof drawstring flag bag for safe keeping.

Fully traditional sewn, part sewn part printed or fully printed

Where flags are fully SEWN with detail, applique is sewn through a layer giving a sewn mirror image on reverse. We use Ministry of Defence spec woven polyester which replaced the traditional wool and linen/cotton mix fibre fabric in and around the 1980s.  The fabric has a matt finish and a strength and durability which lasts longer than the previous natural fibre fabrics. 

Where flags are part-SEWN part-PRINTED, a sewn woven polyester base is stitched and hemmed and the detail (badge, emblem etc.) is printed twice and sewn to each side of the flag around the detail. These are POA, not £0.00 which is the default!

Where flags are fully PRINTED, the format is single layer, printed through with mirror image on reverse. 

All our quality printed flags are made using durable knit polyester fabric and PLEASE NOTE this is NOT to same as what other retailers describe as 'economy' flag fabric (roughly translating to cheap and nasty and not likely to last more than a few days) .

What does it all mean?

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