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International Human Rights Day : what’s on?

7 December 2015 by Angelica

Hands of Change: a photo of the artwork created by the participants from City Hearts

Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December.

This marks the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This important document sets out fundamental human rights to be universally protected for all.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted two international treaties that created the foundation for international human rights: The International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Following World War Two, the two Covenants, along with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, became the International Bill of Human Rights. This document defines the civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights that are the birth right of all human beings.

Freedom is a key part of the International Bill of Human Rights – freedom from fear, freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom from want.

As part of the Museum’s work toward raising awareness of current human rights issues, we are using this key date as a chance to engage with lots of our visitors and create a welcoming environment where these ideas can be explored – especially because they are rights that all people should have, but are denied in some parts of the world.

To acknowledge International Human Rights Day on Thursday 10 December, we are delighted to have the Migrant Artists Mutual Aid MAMA choir performing at 12.30 & 2pm in the foyer of the Merseyside Maritime Museum. In addition, we will also have drop-in activities running in the Anthony Walker Education Centre (3rd floor – the International Slavery Museum).

You can pop in to the International Slavery Museum and see the colourful paintings created by participants from City Hearts, an organisation that we work closely with in their efforts to support survivors of human trafficking across the UK, Germany, and Ghana. Participants from their weekly drop-in session worked with our team to explore the theme of ‘welcome,’ creating the artwork that you can see here in the blog, reflecting their interpretation of this word through colours, symbols, and text.

You can also chat with our Education team to find out more about the Introduction to Human Rights handling session for school groups, and get crafty and creative with our Hands of Change mural activity. A representative from Stop the Traffik will also be here to share information about the ways in which their global network of activists work tirelessly to disrupt and prevent human trafficking and the harm and abuse that it causes to human beings.

While you’re here you can also visit our Broken Lives exhibition that was developed in conjunction with the Dalit Freedom Network, exploring slavery in modern India, and the ways in which you can support the organisations that are working to stop these illegal practices and exploitation of the Dalit people.

We are honoured to be working alongside so many organisations that work to improve living conditions for vulnerable people across the world and we hope you’ll be able to stop by and lean more about the work that they do.

You can find more information on our events planned for the International Human Rights Day on 10 December here.

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