Our time is the scene of immense challenges. Today’s crises demonstrate more than ever the interconnections and the need to build sustainable development everywhere. However, how to build sustainable development without peace and without just and inclusive societies free from fear and violence?
As stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ” […] recognition of inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world”. Human rights are indeed instrumental in attaining sustainable development.
This is why, the European Commission dedicated the month of December 2015 to the themes of “Development and Human Rights” within the European Year of Development (EYD).
The NGO Cartooning for Peace, invested since ten years in the promotion of human rights, decided to join the European Commission, DG International Cooperation and Development – Unit B.1 Human Rights, Gender, Democratic Governance to organise a series of events between the 15th and the 16th December 2015 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg (France).
Talented professional cartoonists, members of the NGO Cartooning for Peace, therefore used accessible and powerful cartoons to raise citizens’ awareness, consciousness and foster in-depth discussions.
On program: “Cartooning for Human Rights” exhibition, debates and conferences about Freedom of Speech, “Caricaturists – Footsoldiers of Democracy” screening and drawing live in support to Raif Badawi during the Sakharov Prize Ceremony on December 16.
The Cartooning for Human Rights exhibition was initially displayed inside the European Parliament in December 2015 and is presented to a largest audience at the University of Strasbourg until January, 30 2016.
Special thanks to the 28 European cartoonists for their implication and talents: Gerhard Haderer (Austria), Gatis Sluka (Latvia), Nicolas Vadot (Belgium), Vladimiras Beresniovas (Lithuania), Ivailo Tsvetkov (Bulgaria), Florin Balaban (Luxembourg) Damir Novak (Croatia), Steve Bonello (Malta), Mustafa Tozaki (Cyprus), Hillar Mets (Estonia), Joep Bertrams (The Netherlands), Bretislav Kovarik (Czech Republic), Jerzy Gluszek (Poland), Kamilla Wichmann (Denmark), Cristina Sampaio (Portugal), Adam Korpak (Finland), Florian Doru Crihana (Romania), Plantu (France), Karol Cizmazia (Slovakia), Miriam Wurster (Germany), Marko Kocevar (Slovenia), Michael Kountouris (Greece), Nani (Spain), Gábor Pápai (Hungary), Riber (Sweden), Gatto (Italy), Steve Bell (UK) and Richard Chapman (Ireland)