Human Rights, Ai Wei Wei
Flying the flag for human rights
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.