Pussy Riot joins International art project Human Rights Tattoo with letter “S”

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Pussy Riot joins International art project Human Rights Tattoo with letter “S”

Last weekend Sasha Adler, member of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot, gets one letter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights tattooed on her rights shoulder. Why? “It's extremely important for people all over the world to know their rights and fight for them.”

Pussy Riot joins International art project Human Rights Tattoo with letter “S”

Last weekend Sasha Adler, member of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot, gets one letter of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights tattooed on her rights shoulder. Why? “It's extremely important for people all over the world to know their rights and fight for them.”

Ow yes! PUSSY RIOT's Sacha joined Human Rights Tattoo. We tattooed the S of article 19 ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expreSsion on her right shoulder. We feel so honoured!”

Human Rights Tattoo is an international art project started in 2012 by the Dutch artist Sander van Bussel that aims to create awareness and underline the importance of Human Rights. Its goal is to tattoo the complete Declaration of Human Rights on individuals, letter by letter. The complete text of the declaration contains 6773 letters. Each person gets one character. This means that in the end, there is a group of 6773 people from all around the world walking together with the complete text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sasha Adler is the 3262nd participant out of 6773 world wide.

Sasha Adler got tattooed at festival Zwarte Cross in the Netherlands where Sasha and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova where special guests. In 2013 (motor cross and music) festival Zwarte Cross in the Netherlands and Amnesty International join forces and organized the ‘Naked Run For Freedom’ where 450 people ran naked to free Pussy Riot. This year they came back to the festival to celebrate therefreedom and to support the case of the Russian activist Ilja Dadin.

Pussy Riot was founded in 2011, but shot to greater prominence after appearing in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour inFebruary 2012, to perform an obscenity-laced song called Punk Prayer which attacked the Orthodox Church's support for President Vladimir Putin. Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were arrested and charged with "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" and sentenced to two years in prison.

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