Animated Declaration of Human Rights

The Human Rights Action Center in the United States is behind a growing online movement to raise awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, sixty years after it was first adopted by the United Nations. Jack Healey, director of the HRAC, is concerned that less than 5 percent of the world’s population knows of the declaration’s existence. He’s like to see governments print the declaration in passports. To get the message online the HRAC commissioned Seth Brau to produce an animated video outlining the contents of the declaration, promoted on YouTube and hosted online at The video finishes with an appeal to support the US Campaign for Burma and a petition to governments to print the declaration in passports.

Every Man Woman and Child - Declaration of Human Rights

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.” See the original text in English at the United Nations.

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Animator Seth Brau has recently graduated from NYU Film School, and is known for his shoe design work (Five Three Footwear) and posts on the Cool Hunting site. See the Cool Hunting behind-the-scenes review.

The video uses a loop from Rum Springa‘s track “Minds Awake”, courtesy of Canta Records.

The HRAC has just released a new version of the video, in time for 60th anniversary, with celebrities reading their paraphrase of the thirty articles in the Universal Declaration of Rights.

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