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    Human Rights Poetry Contest

    “What makes poetry powerful and how can you express your personal response to human rights? Poets who write about human rights can generate empathy by connecting the reader/listener to experiences of rights being enjoyed, denied or defended.”

    Classroom sets of pocket-sized copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in English and Spanish are available for purchase; packaged is sets of 25 for $7.50

    2019 Grand Prize Winner, Camden Mullens, Boise High School, Grade 11, (Teacher: Sharon Hanson) Photo taken at Yom Ha’Shoah, the Idaho State Observance of Holocaust Remembrance.

    To participate in the annual Grades 6-12 Human Rights Poetry Contest, students must reflect on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article #1 in an original work of poetry.

    Article #1: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.  They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights.  Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and nations.  It sets, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages. (www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/)

    The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial is one of the few places in the world in which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is publicly displayed in its entirety.

    Please submit your entry no later than Friday, April 16.

    Prizes will be awarded to 1st through 3rd places in the following age categories: grades 6-9 and grades 9-12.

    Submission

    1. Online - through the submission upload form below

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      Poetry

      I hereby donate my poetry to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and grant permission for its use in fundraising and promotional efforts for the Center. By granting permission, I recognize that mt artwork will be come the property of the Center.

      Keep Original Poetry

      I wish to keep my original poetry, but hereby grant the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights permission to use its image for fundraising and promotional efforts for the Center. By granting this permission, I recognize my artwork image will be used by the Center at their discretion.

      Poetry Release

      I hereby release this copy of my original poetry to the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and grant permission for its use in fundraising and promotional efforts for the Center. By granting this permission, I recognize my poem will be become the property of the Center.

      Upload Your Poetry

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      2. Mail or deliver to: Wassmuth Center for Human Rights

      Wassmuth Center for Human Rights

      777 South 8th Street

      Boise, ID 83702

      Phone: (208) 345-0304

      If mailing or delivering a submission, clearly PRINT your name, school, grade, teacher’s name and school phone number

      with the entry AND include a copy of the submission form.

      Where, after all, do universal human rights begin?  In small places close to home so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world.   

      Eleanor Roosevelt