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Human Rights Day Creative Arts Competition

Dec 9, 2019

To commemorate Human Rights Day, today we are launching a creative arts competition -- #TellTheWorld -- to bring your human rights activism to life through visual storytelling!


The theme of the #TellTheWorld competition is: Human rights and community activism. 


Guiding questions: What violations of human rights and human dignity are happening in your community? What is your community doing in response? What do you imagine your community being like when human dignity and human rights are secured? 


Examples of human rights violations: Forcible evictions; deliberate poisoning of a water supply; discrimination in access to medical care, work, housing, education; failing to provide basic health care facilities; school or housing in such poor condition that it poses a risk to safety.


Winning artwork will be featured in the US Human Rights Network annual human rights report card, to be released in early spring 2020, as well as on USHRN social media channels. 


All submitted artwork will be included in a video compilation which we will present at key consultations and meetings with embassies and permanent missions as part of our ongoing advocacy around the upcoming Universal Periodic Review of the United States.


We’ll be accepting visual arts submissions via www.upr2020.org/telltheworld until January 20, 2020.


Your submission can be any kind of original visual art, including but not limited to:

  • Photography
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Mixed media 
  • Zine or comic
  • Collage

To participate in the visual storytelling project, #TellTheWorld, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Identify a human rights violation or ongoing activism in your community that you want to #TellTheWorld about.
  2. Capture this violation (or, community activism/resistance to it), with a unique photo or visual art piece that you create.
  3. Submit your final visual artwork with a caption/description explaining the rights in violation and/or the ongoing resistance work in your community (maximum 500 words).

Guidelines and requirements for participation:

  • Anyone residing within the United States may submit a photo - you do not need to have submitted a UPR stakeholder report in order to participate.
  • The photo/artwork you submit must be your original work. Do not submit photos/artwork acquired online.

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact USHRN Communications Director Whitney Yang at wyang@ushrnetwork.org and/or UPR Task Force Co-Chairs joshuacooperhawaii@gmail.com and Mary Gerisch marygerisch@gmail.com.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!


In solidarity,


The US Human Rights Network Coordinating Center & UPR Task Force