The 6.8 billion people on this planet all have human rights. And yet we still have no way of expressing this universal bond as a symbol, in a way that overcomes language barriers. This omission must now be made good. To contribute in this way to strengthening human rights, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Germany, Mauritius, Senegal, Singapore and Uruguay joined together and launched the “Logo for Human Rights” initiative.
Almost 15,500 designs from over 190 countries – that’s the result of the submission phase of the global online competition. Since the initiative started on 3 May, people from all over the world have participated in the logo competition, the largest of its kind so far. They sent in suggestions and rated the ideas of others.
A high-profile celebrity jury* has now gone through all of the submissions and selected the ten best entries. The ten finalists selected by the jury can now be viewed and voted on at www.humanrightslogo.net. From 27 August to 17 September 2011, you too can vote for your favourite design. All people worldwide are encouraged to participate by choosing their favourite logo. This puts the original idea of the competition into practice: the creation of a human rights logo for the people by the people.
The winning logo will be presented on 23 September 2011 in New York – to coincide with the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. The presentation will be broadcast worldwide via internet.
Jury members include the Foreign Ministers of the countries mentioned above, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay (South Africa) and five Nobel Peace Prize winners – Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar), Shirin Ebadi (Iran), Muhammad Yunus (Bangladesh), Mikhail Gorbachev (Russia) and Jimmy Carter (USA) – as well as Angelina Acheng Atyam (children’s rights activist, Uganda), Waris Dirie (supermodel and women’s rights activist, Somalia), Roland Emmerich (Hollywood director and producer, Germany), Carolyn Gomes (human rights activist, Jamaica), Juanes (pop star and peace activist, Colombia), Somaly Mam (human rights activist, Cambodia), Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu (human rights activist, Sri Lanka), Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia founder, USA), and internationally renowned design experts such as Ahmad Humeid (Jordan), Javier Mariscal (Spain) and Erik Spiekermann (Germany).