On December 10th, 1948, the United Nations ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The document defining 30 fundamental freedoms was adopted by 48 countries. The Declaration has served as the foundation for two other important covenants: the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. It has also served as the foundation for multiple international treaties including the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the United Nations Convention Against Torture.
To say this is an important document is a major understatement.
In 2008, Amnesty International Toronto Organization’s Art in Action team started the UrbanCanvas Project in order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Declaration’s adoption by sponsoring the creation of thirty murals throughout Toronto, each one celebrating one article of the UDHR. The intent of the murals is to bring each article to life by using the universal language of art.
One such series of murals is installed on the Leslie Grove Youth Centre on Queen Street East.