Historically, Article 24 is a very important right: our ancestors often worked 12 or more hours a day and six days a week. They had little or no vacation days. But what does the right to rest and leisure time mean in 2023, in a time of an incessant flow of messages, TikTok videos, likes, Snapchats and also in a time when you can surf the internet 24/7, shop online, stream movies non-stop, binge series and so on. In short, what does the right to rest and leisure time mean to you?

On December 7 2023, from the 10 best entries, the jury will announce the three winners in each category at the city hall of Maastricht.We wish the participants every success and a lot of inspiration.

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.

2023 Theme