Route To Human Rights in Spain

Routes to Human Rights

The Primitive Way of Saint James

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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 International Solidarity for Human Rights’ “Route of Human Rights on the Primitive Way” is a pioneering program in Europe, which since 2016 seeks to promote the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the Primitive Way. This project has been developed with the collaboration of the Organization Where is Asturias.

The Princes 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.

The International Solidarity for Human Rights’ “Route to Human Rights in the Primitive Way” involved, in its first stage, the placement and unveiling of 30 bronze plaques, designed by the Spanish artist Eladio de Mora (dEmo) along the 320 kilometers (199 miles) of the Primitive Way of St. James, between the regions of the Principality of Asturias and the Autonomous Community of Galicia in Spain.

Each plaque represents one of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each artwork is engraved with a short version of the corresponding human right, in Spanish and English. The works of art are located in a consecutive order, from plaque number 1 to plaque number 30, along the 14 stages of the Primitive Way of St. James.

The Plaque with the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is in Oviedo, and the plaque with article 30 is in Santiago de Compostela. Fifteen (15) plaques were placed along the Primitive itinerary in Asturias and fifteen (15) plaques along the Primitive itinerary in Galicia.

The Route to Human Rights will be inaugurated in September 2022.


ISHR Advisory Board: Dr.Carlos E. Sardi – Dee Anne Treadway – Ileana Suarez – Jose Antonio Cisneros MD- Karem Alsina – Maria Elena Useche – Marisol Barboza – Olga Ortiz Mera – Raiza Perrault – Tibi Ellis – Wilma Bulkin Siegel, MD.

Regions of Spain: Principality of Asturias and The Autonomous Community of Galicia.

Mayors: Wenceslao López Martínez – José Luís Trabanco González – Sergio Hidalgo – José Ramón Feito Lorences – José Antonio Mesa Pieiga – Eustaquio Revilla Villegas – Carlos López López – Xosé María Arias – Lara Méndez López – María José Gómez Rodríguez – José Manuel Pérez Penas – José Luis García López – Manuel Taboada Vigo – Xosé Antonio Sánchez Bugallo.

Councils/Concellos: Ayuntamiento de Oviedo – Ayuntamiento de Grado – Ayuntamiento de Salas – Ayuntamiento de Tineo – Ayuntamiento de Pola de Allande – Ayuntamiento de Grandas de Salime – Concello de A Fonsagrada – Concello de Castroverde – Concello de Lugo – Concello de Guntín – Concello de Melide – Concello de Arzúa – Concello de O Pino – Concello de Santiago de Compostela.


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