10 Illustrations to Commemorate Human Rights Day

Published on December 8, 2017 by , in Graphic Design, Initiatives
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In 1950, the United Nations proclaimed the 10th of December as Human Rights Day. People across the world celebrate this day with speeches, works of art and activities created to bring attention to global issues. This year, Human Rights Day has launched a campaign marking the 70th anniversary using the hashtag #Standup4humanrights.

Want to get active this 2017? Show your disapproval of Human rights abuses with a message of love, peace and unity. Add your voice by creating an art piece that stands up for equality, justice and human dignity. Not only is art therapy for the soul, it is also a way to transmit emotions and show our sensitivity towards human rights violations around the world.

Human Rights Day Awareness Ideas

We have compiled 10 illustrations that can inspire you to become a human rights activist this coming December 10th:

#1 Children in War by Vedran Klemens

2016 was the deadliest year for children, with more killed than in any other year of the Syrian civil war; as published by the BBC.

Vedran Klemens#2 We Don’t Know our Rights by Nazario Graziano

This vintage collage and pop art composition shows that we are blind when it comes to our rights.

Nazario Graziano


#3 Drowned Syrian Boy by Carolina Neves

Trying to escape the horror of the Syrian war, this boy, along with hundreds of Syrians, died in his attempt to cross the Mediterranean.

Carolina Neves

#4 International Human Rights By Caro Altavilla

This illustration has a vivid neon effect that creates a great contrast with the black background.

Caro Altavilla


#5 Human Rights Celebration by Richard Parker

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre.

Richard Parker


#6 Sex Trafficking By Emily Adkins

7,500 cases of human trafficking were reported in 2016, according to the The National Human Trafficking Hotline.

Emily Adkins


#7 Maya Angelou by Erin McManness

Maya Angelou, civil rights activist, taught the world inspiring lessons about life. “If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die” – Maya Angelou.

Erin McManness


#8 Stand up for Your Rights by Victoria Golovina

We have 30 basic human rights according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Do you know them all? If not, it’s time to get educated!

Victoria Golovina


#9 The San by Audrey Lass

The San have one of the oldest cultures on our planet still living the indigenous way. Message: Let’s respect culture and fight against discrimination!

Human Rights Day


#10 I am Human By Diyala Zada

Food and shelter for all. We all have the right to a good life. Mothers and children; people who are old, unemployed, or disabled; and all people have the right to be cared for – article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Diyala Zada

Honor Human Rights Day

Take action in your community by supporting a cause, hosting an event, volunteering, donating, starting a social media campaign, handing out t-shirts (upload your design and get them today at 4OVER4.COM), or come up with unique artwork that matches your brand. Create a painting or drawing that delights your audience and print it on a product like canvas prints, posters, brochures, tote bags or any item that fits your expectations.

Choose the print product that best suits your needs and customize it with your own ideas. Order any of our products mentioned above or visit our site to browse for more ideas. How about a discount for the holidays? We’re offering a hard-to-miss 25% OFF on all print items using promo code “HOLIDEALS” until December 25th. Enjoy our holiday deals before they’re gone.