September 1st, 2022, The Route to Human Rights in the Primitive Way was inaugurated in the Auditorium Principe Felipe of the city of Oviedo, Asturias in Spain. The objective of this action, created by International Solidarity for Human Rights, is “to continue to raise awareness among pilgrims, travelers and citizens so that, through the Camino de Santiago, fundamental rights such as equality, freedom, respect, education, food or justice, among others, are known and disseminated”. The Camino has been designated by the European Union as its “first cultural itinerary and main street”, and Prince of Asturias Award for Concord. Also, 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 Route to Human Rights on the Primitive Way is “a fascinating journey gestated over 1,200 years of history”, in which, through the centuries, millions of pilgrims have promoted “values inherent to the rights and freedoms of individuals, which are associated with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.
The project has the collaboration of the City Council of Oviedo, as well as the Asturian municipalities of Grado, Salas, Tineo, Allande, Grandas de Salime in Asturias, and the Galician municipalities of A Fonsagrada, Baleira, Castroverde, Lugo, Guntín, Melide, Arzúa, O Pino and Santiago de Compostela.
More than 300 people responded to the invitation to the inaugural event: Oviedo City Council, Authorities of the Principality of Asturias and the Xunta de Galicia, mayors and councilors of the two communities, members of NGOs, business and cultural associations, associations of friends of the Camino de Santiago, all friends; International pianist Isabel Pérez Dobarro, who fascinated the audience with her concert and dazzled us with her speech; Devorah Sasha for her magnificent interpretation of the Human Rights Anthem “A perfect world, composed specially for the occasion by Pablo Manavello, international recognized music artist.
You can listen to Perfect World here:
The International Solidarity for Human Rights’ “Route of Human Rights on the Primitive Way” is a pioneering program in Europe, which since 2016 is promoting the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the Primitive Way. This pioneering initiative was developed with the collaboration of 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 ROUTE TO HUMAN RIGHTS HAS BEEN POSSIBLE THANKS TO THE INVALUABLE COLLABORATION OF:
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.