Route in Spain

Routes to Human Rights

A pioneer project

The Route to Human Rights in the Primitive Way (Spain)

The Primitive Way in The Way of Saint James

The Camino de Santiago in its “Primitive Way” itinerary was declared “World Heritage Site” in 2015 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 consciousnessEach year the Camino de Santiago is crossed by thousands of people from all around the world. For all that The Camino de Santiago represents, and the Primitive Way as its original itinerary, this site of millenary origins and prestigious cultural heritage is an extraordinary place for ISHR’s project.

The Project

  1. The Route to Human Rights in the Primitive Way consists of making and installing 30 artistic bronze plaques designed by Spanish Artist Demo (Eladio de Mora) along the 13 stages of the Primitive Way. The plaques will be dedicated to each one of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  2. ISHR will bring Human Rights Class in a Box workshops and presentations to schools located along the thirteen stages of the Primitive Way.
  3. The program and plaques are being sponsored by local councils, individuals, private organizations, and philanthropists.

In 2016 ISHR unveiled seven plaques throughout The Primitive Way in Asturias and Galicia, and until 2020 International Solidarity for Human Rights had placed eight more.
The surge of Covid-19 worldwide pandemic 2020 delayed the installation of art and the inauguration of the Route to Human Rights.
International Solidarity for Human Rights will resume the unveiling of plaques and inauguration of the Route to Human Rights in the Primitive Way only when warnings and restrictions cease and traveling is safe for all the people involved in the project.

Links of Interest

Where is Asturias

Camino Assist – Ruta de los Derechos Humanos en el Camino Primitivo

Where is Asturias