The Human Rights Trail connects seven urban murals spread across various Jette neighborhoods. By bike or on foot, alone or with your family or in multi-age groups, it allows you to discover about human rights themes.

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Each mural comes with its own information card, which tells you about the relative article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the artist's point of view on the subject, as well as suggests activities for children aged 4 and above, 7 and above, 12 and above. The proposed content is intended as an introduction, and a springboard for reflexion around the protection and defense of human rights. It wishes to spark exchanges, and to encourage you to go one step further into exploring the themes tackled by the murals.

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Map and booklet at the Centre Culturel de Jette or Jette Municipality


A word about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Following the horrors of the Second World War, the need to establish an international framework to protect individuals from State abuse appeared pressing. States therefore gathered to define a series of values common to all peoples, and decided to unite under a powerful symbol: the elaboration of a document defining human rights. Thus, in 1948, the freshly founded United Nations General Assembly (UN) penned the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, containing 30 articles and considered, to this day, as the fundamental reference with regards to human rights. Deemed one of the most widely distributed texts in the world, with over 460 translations, it nonetheless remains controversial.

Who is responsible for the protection and application of these human rights?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is neither an enforceable treaty, nor a law. It is the expression of a common vision, an ideal. It has, however, led to countless international agreements. Most member states have ratified supranational conventions, explicitly committing to integrate the convention's specific rights in their national constitutions, as well as protecting them with appropriate measures and/or laws. These international treaties compel States to:
  • Respect human rights.
  • Protect those rights by preventing or averting violations, most notably by setting up structures and other necessary services to aid victims.
  • Promote human rights among the population.

Who checks that States protect and respect those rights?

  • The UN and regional organizations
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • States
  • Individuals