Celebrating Human Rights Day 2023

06.December 2023

Here at RED NOSES, we’re thrilled to be celebrating Human Rights Day, which takes place every year on the 10th of December. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrines the rights of all human beings. 

In honour of Human Rights Day, we conducted a very special panel discussion with four human rights experts. Learn more about their insights on the connection between humour and human rights right here.

RED NOSES’ human rights-based approach

At RED NOSES, we align our work with the principles outlined in the UN Convention of Human Rights. By advocating for the right to have access to art, we aim to create inclusive environments that nurture health, emotional wellbeing, and social cohesion. 

Furthermore, we firmly believe in the fundamental human right to a complete state of health, which is defined as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity," by the World Health Organization (WHO).

We’re dedicated to raising awareness about the positive impact of the arts on health and wellbeing and advocating for policies and legal frameworks that enable everyone to benefit from arts and humour.

The connection between humour and human rights

To mark Human Rights Day, we reached out to four experts to conduct an insightful discussion about the connection between humour and human rights. 

The discussion was moderated by RED NOSES’ very own Lukáš Houdek, who has been with the organisation for over 22 years and is himself a professional clown artist. 

Lukáš was joined by three guests; Veronique Lerch, an independent human rights consultant, Massih Zekavat, a researcher and postdoc fellow at The University of Groningen and the author of two books; “Satire, Humour and Environmental Crises”, and “Satire, Humour and Construction of Identities”. And finally, Andrea Hurst, a professor of philosophy at The Nelson Mandella University in South Africa. 

During the discussion, the group considered fascinating questions such as how to use humour as a tool to raise awareness about human rights issues and whether it’s possible to use humour to challenge stereotypes and prejudices related to human rights. 

This conversation made the power of humour and laughter even more evident and served as a reminder for why we do what we do here at RED NSOES.

Check out the full conversation below:

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How to take action

Human rights remain at the forefront of our agenda, not only on Human Rights Day, but every day. It’s our mission at RED NOSES to fight for everyone to have access to art and the transformative power it holds. 

Join us in celebrating this year’s Humans Rights Day by donating to RED NOSES so we can continue to make a difference and promote the transformative power of arts, culture, and health.