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Justice and Peace organises exhibitions to link the public in the Netherlands to the people that we work with. We wish to raise awareness on the issues that human rights defenders are facing around the world and to increase their support base.

Exhibition: My Human Rights Hero

Thirty skins, five Change Makers

10 December 2019 – 17 January 2020
Lawyers office NautaDutilh (Amsterdam and Rotterdam)
Lawyers office Houthoff (Rotterdam)
Lawyers office HVG Law (Rotterdam)

Worldwide, and in the Netherlands, countless people are committed to realizing human rights, for themselves and for others. Sometimes even at the risk of their own life. They do this, for example, by assisting victims of violations, addressing governments on their promises and obligations, by documenting violations and calling violators to account. Who are these human rights defenders? What do they do and how did they stay inspired? What is the significance of the UVRM today? Artist Julia Brants visualized the answers to these questions based on five unique portraits made by photographer Gregor Servais. In addition, thirty people from all over the world borrowed their skin as the background for the articles, thereby emphasizing that human rights are universal and apply to everyone. Visitors to the exhibition can take and send postcards of the articles and the skins photographed by Arno Rotte.

My Human Rights Hero is an initiative of human rights organization Justice and Peace Nederland in cooperation with the Dutch Jury Committee for Human Rights (NJCM) and Pro Bono Connect. Contact us via info[at]justiceandpeace.nl for more information about the possibilities and costs to host this exhibition. This exhibition is supported by the National Postcode Lotery.

My Human Rights Hero tentoonstelling

Exhibition: My Human Rights Hero

70 Years Universal Declaration of Human Rights

This exhibition was displayed from 20 November 2018 to 2 February 2019 in The Nutshuis in The Hague.

Through the stories of seven inspiring individuals, each with a special connection to The Hague, this interactive exhibition will inspire you to take action and defend human rights in your community, while bringing the UDHR to life through the artwork and photographs by graphic designer Julia Brants and photographer Gregor Servais.

Shelter City Network, Portraits of Human Rights Defenders

From November 2017, the photo exhibition Shelter City Network, Portraits of Human Rights Defenders, travels through different Shelter City cities. The exhibition consists of a growing number of portraits made by photographer Daniella van Bergen from Shelter City participants; human rights defenders who fight at different places around the world for women’s, children’s and LGBT rights, against corruption and climate change, for democracy and freedom of expression. Until now, the portraits were presented at Center Céramique and the Faculty of Laws in Maastricht, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague and the Harmonie building in Groningen. In the autumn of 2018 the exhibition travels to Deventer.

Check the events page to see where the exhibition can be seen.

Shrinking Space

In December 2017, we worked together with SMX Collective from Mexico and Russian artist Nadezhda Titova for the exhibition “Shrinking Space: Footprints of memory and inoffensive art”.

Human rights defender Lucía, from Mexico, about ‘Footprints of memory’


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In 2016 and 2017, the exhibition #WeAreAllHumanRightsDefenders, featuring the photos of human rights defenders by Daniella van Bergen, attracted more than a thousand visitors. It was presented at the Nutshuis in the Hague and in Maastricht, first at Centre Céramique and then at the Law Faculty of Maastricht University.