Characters taken from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and tattooed as an act of protest via humanrightstattoo.org humanrights lettering tattooswithmeaning tattooproject humanrightstattoo SandervanBussel

Artist Tattoos Universal Declaration of Human Rights as Act of Protest

All 6773 characters on 6773 different people

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It seems that every time you turn on the news these days, there’s another story about a horrific tragedy going on somewhere in the world. It’s become so commonplace that it oftentimes feels like people have turned a blind eye to it, but Dutch artist, Sander van Bussel, refuses to sit back and watch while the rights of so many people are being violated.

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Initially drafted in 1948 by the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights outlines “fundamental human rights to be universally protected,” but Van Bussel believes that these fundamental human rights have taken a backseat. Created in February of 2012, after the murder of his colleague Steven Nygah, the Human Rights Tattoo Project is an act of protest designed to “create awareness and underline the importance of human rights.” The project is simple — tattoo all 6773 characters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 6773 different people. In doing so, Van Bussel hopes to create an open dialogue about the importance of basic human rights, and effectively having all 6773 people sign the declaration. In an interview with Dazed, Van Bussel said that by tattooing all 6773 characters he hopes to “make [the] project unnecessary and redundant. To make everyone know their rights, and ensure that nobody’s rights are violated.”

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”All human beings are equal and free! ... I keep the hope that a fair world for everyone is possible." - Marlinda Brugmans

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Ben van Rooij receives an "O" for the project via instagram humanrightstattoo #humanrights #lettering #tattooswithmeaning #tattooproject #humanrightstattoo #SandervanBussel
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“My job and passion are oriented and dedicated to fight gender based violence and empower women ... "

... Human Rights Tattoo is an amazing project, spreading the voice about human rights..." -Verena Donatella Bruno

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“For me, this tattoo is a silent cry. A cry on behalf of the people who are not able, willing, or daring to cry out ...

... Silence speaks louder than words.” - Naaz Rashid

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

To learn more about the project, or to get involved visit The Human Rights Tattoo Project.

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