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What Action Do You Take to Support Human Rights?


Around the world, human rights are increasingly under pressure and space for civil society, journalists and cartoonists is shrinking.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created in 1948, and it is as relevant now as it was then. The 30 human rights laid down in this document are an essential condition if we want to attain freedom, justice and peace for all, leaving no one behind.

Created in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. But these goals cannot be reached if we forget about human rights. 70 years ago, the UDHR already acknowledged the universal right to education, social security, healthcare and an adequate standard of living. Today, the SDGs stress the importance of a sustainable future.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to acknowledge its importance, the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands together with the Cartoon Movement launched a cartoon contest. Out of over 500 cartoons from all over the globe 30 cartoons where selected that illustrate the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration.

These cartoons make you think. They bring human rights to life. Let the cartoons inspire you to take action today!

Share your idea and show us what action you take with a video, photo, cartoon, comic or essay. Mail to

The person with the best action will be invited to share that action with the world in December 2019 in The Hague, the Netherlands!


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