On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the European Union and the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum (MACAM) unveiled the completed "Human Rights Wall of Contemplation" to the public.
A 60m long "Human Rights Wall of Contemplation" shows street art and graffiti panels by 12 artists coming from all over the world: Estonia, Germany, Jordan, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Senegal, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and Ukraine. Each graffiti artwork is inspired by an article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and depicts a theme such as gender equality, racism and non-discrimination, freedom of speech, the right to life, liberty and security, among others.
"Human rights are the very heart of our work in Lebanon", said Ambassador of the European Union Ralph Tarraf at the unveiling ceremony. "We engage in a wide range of human rights related topics in Lebanon, some of which you will see depicted on the wall such as the fight against ill-treatment and torture, women's rights, children's rights and freedom of speech".
The idea of the wall was brought to life in 2018 on the backdrop of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is meant to raise awareness on human rights and to promote culture through multiple artistic expressions, including "street art" and graffiti.
In parallel with the project, a Lebanese artist made a mural as a tribute to Charles Malek, one of the "founding fathers" of the Declaration. The "Human Rights Wall of Contemplation" shall provide a platform for dialogue on human rights and social issues.