#Spirou4Rights: Championing Human Rights Through Comics


November 29, 2018

The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a crucial yet often overlooked document drafted in the years following World War II. To celebrate this historic occasion and to underscore how important this declaration remains today, Europe Comics partner Dupuis has joined with the UN Human Rights Office to create a one-of-a-kind exposition. Article by article, the characters of Dupuis’s Spirou magazine bring to life the declaration’s central points and make the document accessible to all. A whole host of Europe Comics authors have taken up the call, and who better to headline this exposition than Spirou himself, illustrated by our very own Émile Bravo?

It is thus an honor for us, after recently bringing this timeless and humanist character into our own catalog with His Name Was Ptirou and Diary of a Naive Young Man, to support this worthy initiative by sharing it with our readers. We have included below a selection of illustrations, and the full digital version is available, along with more details about the exposition, on the UN Human Rights Office website. And if you want to salute human rights along with Spirou, join the discussion on social media with the hashtag #Spirou4Rights.

DAD – by Nob
Article 1 - All human beings are born free and equal and should be treated the same way.
FRNK – by Cossu & Bocquet
Article 8 - You have the right to obtain legal help and access the justice system when your rights are not respected.
Article 21 - Everyone has the right to take part in their country’s political affairs and the right of equal access to public service. Governments should be voted for regularly.
Article 23 - Everyone has the right to work in just and favourable conditions and be free to choose their work with a salary that allows them to live and support their family. Everyone should receive equal pay for equal work.
NELSON – by Bertschy
Article 26 - You have the right to go to school, continue your studies as far as you wish and learn regardless of race, religion or country of origin.

Discover the rest on the UN Human Rights Office website.

Header image: Spirou © Émile Bravo / Dupuis