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Our 30 cartoons about the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights  - made last year in partnership with the United Nations Human Rights Office - are currently on display at a UNESCO exhibition in Getxo, a town near Bilbao, Spain.

ERNE, the police union of the Ertzaintza, the atonomous Basque police ,has protested against the cartoon illustrating article 5 (no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment). The cartoon by Brazilian artist Elihu Duayer depicts three policemen in riot gear laughing about human rights, as if they were a joke.

ERNE has demanded this cartoon be taken out of the exhibition, because they do not like to be linked to torture. However, the Getxo City Council has replied to the union that it does not intend to remove the cartoon from the exhibition, stating the vignette does not refer to the Ertzaintza, but alludes to police brutality in other countries.

ERNE will today (December 3) file a formal complaint. Read more about the controversy on this website (in Spanish) or watch this video (also in Spanish).


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