Waterstones and Amnesty co-publish human rights declaration

Waterstones and Amnesty co-publish human rights declaration

Waterstones has teamed up with Amnesty International to co-publish a booklet of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which marks its 60th anniversary this year.

The booklet is illustrated with cartoons created by prominent names including Steven Appleby, Liza Donnelly, Merrily Harpur, Michael Heath, Tony Husband and Neil Kerber.

The cover of the booklet, entitled Know Your Rights, has been drawn by Ali Ferzat, a Syrian political cartoonist who famously had his hands broken by pro-government militia for drawing satirical cartoons about government abuses.

Scottish author A L Kennedy has written the introduction to the work.

In a joint afterword, Waterstones managing director James Daunt and Amnesty UK’s director Kate Allen said: “There is a profound affinity between books and human rights, best summed up in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which states: ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression’. We need to cherish and uphold our human rights now and always, because all of us in the human family need them.”

The book is available from Waterstones and in Amnesty’s bookshops priced £2.