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Fly The Flag for Human Rights Day

Today marks Human Rights Day (10 Dec), recognising the day that, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

As part of Fly the Flag 2020, we commissioned a new poem from Writer and Artist Amina Jama

A SMALL NEEDFUL FACT OR MARCUS RASHFORD AS MORE THAN FOOTBALLER, AFTER ROSS GAY in response to Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Watch Here

Fly the Flag is a unique annual celebration that brings collaborating arts organisations and human rights charities across the UK together to shine a light on our fundamental human rights. Through year-round projects and a special marking of Human Rights Day, Fly the Flag reminds us of our collective humanity and the importance of protecting those whose human rights are violated.

Fly The Flag 2020 builds on two years of activity, and propels the project towards the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2023. Launched in 2018 on the 70th anniversary of the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), Fly The Flag is a reminder of the human rights we all entitled to, in particular raising awareness of the UDHR amongst young people and shining a light where human rights are violated.


To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2018, artist and activist Ai Weiwei was commissioned to design a flag. This flag was launched in 2019 at Somerset House and displayed by hundreds of arts organisations, schools and charities with children and young people across the UK taking part in activities to learn about Human Rights.

This year, the campaign for Human Rights Day has moves online and shifts its focus to poetry. Fly the Flag partners have commissioned poets, spoken word artists and writers to respond to Article 25, which outlines some of our most basic human rights including food, shelter and healthcare. Over 30 Poets from across the UK have been commissioned to write and record new works, including Stratford Circus New commission from Amina Jama A SMALL NEEDFUL FACT OR MARCUS RASHFORD AS MORE THAN FOOTBALLER, AFTER ROSS GAYin response to Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Poems by Amina Jama, Anthony Anaxagorou, Arji Manuelpillai, Belinda Zhawi with filmmaker Jolade Olusanya, Bridie Squires, Casey Bailey, Cecilia Knapp, Courtney Stoddart, DL Williams, Elliot Waloschek, Hafsah Aneela Bashir, Haris Ahmed, Inua Ellams, Jonzi D, Keisha Thompson, Laura Nyahuye, Louise Page, Malika Booker, Matt Abbott, Michelle Tiwo, Molly Naylor, Neelam Saredia, Nick Makoha, Sabrina Mahfouz, Sonali Bhattacharyya, Steve Jones, Susannah Hart, SL Grange, Vanessa Kissuule, Wambui Hardcastle and Elizabeth Doyle, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Yomi Sode.


Poems commissioned by Fly The Flag with Birmingham Rep, Brixton House, Common Wealth, Coventry City of Culture 2021, Edinburgh International Festival, Farnham Maltings, Fuel, Greyscale, Ideas Test, Improbable and Emergency Exit Arts, Kali Theatre, Manchester International Festival, Northern Stage, Roundhouse, Sadler's Wells, Stratford Circus, Talking Birds, Young Vic.

To see the response and the full collection Click Here