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UK citizens to tattoo human rights declaration’s letters on their bodies

The project intends to tattoo UN declaration on 6,773 people across the world
The first 50 letters of the UN declaration. Photograph: Sander van Bussel
The first 50 letters of the UN declaration. Photograph: Sander van Bussel

The project to tattoo letters of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the skin of people arrived in Manchester city of the United Kingdom, The Guardian reported.

Thirty people will have one letter of the 1948 document tattooed on their bodies as part of an international art project which arrived in the UK for the first time.

Under the project, it is intended to tattoo the Declaration on to the skins of 6,773 people. The 1cm squared letters will be tattooed one at a time.

People between the ages of 18 to 30 in the UK have been invited to submit applications to participate.

Started in 2012 by the Dutch artist Sander van Bussel, the project was intended to raise awareness of the declaration.

His work began with the declaration’s opening phrase, “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”, as its first 50 words.

Van Bussel, who will document the participant’s personal stories on the day, said: “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written by the United Nations in 1948, wishing to protect humanity from the nightmares of world war two. Now, well over 70 years later, little seems to be left of that hope and the global divide is still growing.”

The letters will be applied by Dax, a Manchester-based tattoo artist from India over the course of one day.

The Manchester arts venue Contact is managing and hosting the event on September 9 with Human Rights Tattoo.

Applicants are asked to express what the human rights movement means to them and why they want the tattoo and participants can donate a fee of their choosing.

The first 23 articles are available to be read in tattoos on 4,601 participants from 77 countries.

Van Bussel hopes to finish the work on December 10, the day the Universal Declaration of Human Rights celebrates its 75th anniversary.

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