Freedom from fear

The theme of the Maastricht Human Rights Prize in 2019 is the “freedom from fear”. This freedom is one of the four fundamental freedoms that form the foundation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948; the three other freedoms are the freedom of speech, the freedom of belief and the freedom from want. These four freedoms are referred to in the preamble of the Declaration and are further substantiated in the rights and freedoms that are enumerated in the articles 1-30 of the Declaration.

The freedom from fear is for example closely related to among others the right to lif (artcle 3), the prohibition of torture (article 5), the right to equal protection of the law (article 7), the right to leave your country and to return thereto (article 13), the right to asylum (article 14), and also the right to peace and a clean environment which can be deduced from article 28.

The essence of the freedom from fear is that everyone is entitled to a future in which all human right can be realized. A future in which there will be no war, where the environment is clean, where poverty has been eliminated and where the inequality between states and individuals has been done away. That is the message of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We are looking forward to creative and inspiring contributions.

The initiator

Former Mayor Onno Hoes Maastricht launched the “Maastricht Human Rights Prize “during his farewell reception on 27 June 2015 in support of his long held passions for education and human rights. Rather than the traditional farewell gifts he asked for contributions to wards the realisation of this initiative.

The Maastricht Human Rights Prize

The aim is for students from secondary schools, secondary vocational and higher education institutions to reflect on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights during their studies in Maastricht. The competition encourages them to explore more deeply the human right selected as the annual theme, to develop their own concept or vision for the right and to convincingly share this with fellow students through creative expression in celebration of the UN Human Rights Day (10 December). Examples of creative expression include written lyrics, videos, artwork, song, dance, and so on. Both individual and group contributions are welcome.

The Maastricht Human Rights Prize Foundation

Onno Hoes has asked representatives from education
al institutions in Maastricht including the Maastricht University, LVO Maastricht, Zuyd University, VISTA college and the United World College (UWC) to take a seat on the Board of the Maastricht Human Rights Prize Foundation in support of its mission to honour and advocate for Human Rights.


The 2019 Theme


FREEDOM FROM FEAR

(One of the four fundamental freedoms that form the foundation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights )

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