“The peace and security of mankind are dependent on mutual respect for the rights and freedoms of all”. Eleanor Roosevelt
The Primitive Way in Spain, Europe
The Camino de Santiago in its “Primitive Way” itinerary was declared in 2015 “World Heritage Site” by the UNESCO; the Camino de Santiago was also designated the “European Cultural Route” by the European Council of the European Economic Community, which has called it “the Street of Europe”.
The Prince of Asturias Foundation awarded the Camino de Santiago the “Prince of Asturias Award” for being “a place of pilgrimage and encounter between persons and peoples who, through the centuries, have become a symbol of brotherhood and friendship for the European consciousness “.
Each year the Camino de Santiago is crossed by thousands of people from all around the world. In 2015 over 260.000 finished the Camino. The most popular countries represented in the Camino were those from Italy (16.29%), Germany (13.15%), Portugal (9.38%) and the United States (9.32%). Another statistical info shows that 46,223 people defined themselves as students. Teachers were numerous with 17,342 completing the trek. 5,222 souls described themselves as housewives. Artists represented well with 2,190 claiming this as their profession. (Source: Pilgrim’s Welcome Office).
For all of what “The Camino de Santiago” represents, and the Primitive Way as it original itinerary, this site of millenary origins and prestigious cultural heritage would be an extraordinary place for ISHR’s project.
“The Route to Human Rights in the Primitive Way.
The Camino Primitivo (Primitive Way) it’s known to be the first route of the Camino de Santiago. It starts in Oviedo, Asturias and ends in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.
- The Route to Human Rights in the Primitive Way consists of placing and installing 30 artistic bronze plaques, designed by Spanish Artist Demo (Eladio de Mora) along the 13 stages of the Camino Primitivo. The plaques will be dedicated to each one of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- The plaques are being sponsored by individuals, private organizations, and phylantropist .
- In 2016 ISHR unveiled 7 plaques throughout the Camino Primitivo in Asturias and Galicia, visited 1 school and invited Artist Giannina Coppiano Dwin to do a show the artistic exhibit INFINITUM to the Fundacion Valdes-Salas. In 2017 ISHR is planning to go back againg to the Primitive Way for the completion of the project. The project still openned for sponsors who want to be associated to this incredible Human Rights Route.
- In March 2017 The Route unveiled 3 new Plaques in the Primitive Way , this ti,e in the region of Galicia: Santiago, Fonsagrada, A Fontaneira
2. In addition to the establishment and unveiling of plaques of the Route to Human Rights in the Primitive Way, I S H R has implemented in 2015-2016 the program “Human Rights Class in a Box” aimed to educate elementary school students about the universal principles embedded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I S H R will continue to develop the mission of educating about human rights in the schools along the Primitive Way. The resulting works of the children (The human rights stories) will be published each year by I S H R and will become part of ISH R’s on line HR library. (Children stories written by the children of the Camino after HRCB Workshop)
! The first Route to Human Rights in Europe!
In order to coordinate all elements of this unique project of Human Rights and first in Europe ISHR, has partnered with “Where is Asturias” who’s Directors are Begona Panea and Valerie Alvarez Jeanpetit.