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Universal declaration

11 December, 2008

One of the most immediate of things I recall to have learnt during my first year studying law, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was first outlined by the United Nations General Assembly at the Palais de Chaillot of Paris in 1948. Upholding the fundamental covenants of humanity, dignity and equality — in short, standards of living far too often taken for granted despite the ongoing and appallingly widespread human rights abuses evident worldwide — it was ratified by individual nations in 1976 and has since been upheld as a Bill of international law. With yesterday, the 10th December, marking its anniversary in the celebration of Human Rights Day, the video above is a subtle yet beautifully concise presentation of the thirty Articles contained within the Declaration. Created by artist and shoe designer Seth Brau, produced by Amy Poncher and featuring music by the LA-based Rumspringa (courtesy of Cantora Records, home of MGMT), it is as much of a fantastic exercise in motion typography as it is a worthy reminder of the importance and value of human life.

Sarah Badr © MMVIII

See also: FOllOWME

Amnesty International

Human Rights Action Center

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2 comments

  1. […] even higher level. The tongue-in-cheek guerilla installation, as filmed by the talented filmmaker Seth Brau, evidently pokes fun of everything from consumer culture and fast-food to surveillance society and […]


  2. […] even higher level. The tongue-in-cheek guerilla installation, as filmed by the talented filmmaker Seth Brau, evidently pokes fun at everything from consumer culture and fast-food to surveillance society and […]



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