Human Rights flag, Ai Wei Wei
Flying the flag for human rights
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 25:
“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.”
On 10 December 2020, Fly The Flag will launch a series of specially commissioned poems in response to Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Poets and spoken word artists from across the UK will perform their poems digitally, igniting conversations and reminding us that even in times of crisis we must protect the rights of everyone.
Alongside this schools will receive a new virtual Assembly Pack with the poems, providing a moment for creativity in their assemblies and some thoughtful provocations around Article 25. Partner organisations across the UK will also be running events including virtual debates and live poetry readings. Please check our What’s Happening page for updates.
The project was co-produced by Fuel, Amnesty International, Donmar Warehouse, Human Rights Watch, Liberty, the National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and Tate.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Fuel in partnership with arts organisations and human rights charities across the UK commissioned artist Ai Weiwei to create a flag to celebrate universal human rights.
Why? How many of the 30 articles of the UDHR can you name? Most people struggle to name many. In fact, human rights campaigners report primarily negative associations with the term ‘human rights’ in the UK. We want to change this.
Arts organisations and human rights charities invited everyone to Fly The Flag for human rights on 24 – 30 June 2019. From the Highlands of Scotland to the coast of Cornwall via cities, towns and villages across the UK, in galleries and theatres, shopping centres and offices, schools and libraries, both physically and online, people came together to celebrate that human rights are for everyone, every day.
Fly The Flag launched on Monday 10 December, the first day of the 70th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Taking place in June 2019, Fly The Flag raised awareness of human rights across the UK for generations to come, with 7 days of activity marking the 70 years of the Declaration.
Everyone was invited to Fly The Flag in as publicly visible and imaginative way as possible: from schools and care homes, town halls and office blocks, hospitals and libraries across the UK.
Red Dragon Flagmakers was awarded exclusive rights to the production of this flag in printed and stitched format and flags of every size were shipped to cities across the World.