Ai Weiwei has just announced on his Instagram that on Saturday 10th December 2022 (Human Rights Day) he will be signing blank A4 sheets of paper with invisible UV ink from 2-4pm at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, London.
For those unable to attend, there will be a website where this signed edition will be available to purchase for £100 from 10-20 December 2022. 100% proceeds will be donated to @Refugeesintl
This follows his joining the board of directors of Refugees International
Refugees International is proud to welcome world-renowned artist and humanitarian Ai Weiwei to its Board of Directors. As a visionary leader, Mr. Ai will advance the work of Refugees International to advance the rights and security of displaced people around the world.
“Refugees International’s independence and willingness to speak truth to power makes it a powerful force for displaced people.
said Mr. Ai.
“With more than 100 million people around the world driven from their homes, our humanity compels us to bear witness and take action.”
“Mr. Ai’s bold leadership is a breath of fresh air in a world where the political will to do what it takes to support displaced people is growing increasingly insufficient,”
said Maureen White, acting president of Refugees International.
“His art and activism inspires us all and reminds us of our common humanity – the power of both the individual and collective action.”
Mr. Ai’s advocacy for displaced people and his ongoing partnership with Refugees International have been transformational. In 2018, Refugees International presented Mr. Ai with its Distinguished Service Award for his continued work and advocacy on behalf of refugees. And in 2020, Mr. Ai launched Ai Weiwei MASK, an art project in collaboration with eBay for Charity that raised funds for COVID-19 related humanitarian and human rights efforts at Human Rights Watch (HRW), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), and Refugees International. His 2017 film Human flow focused on the human impact of the refugee crisis based on visits to 23 countries and dozens of refugee camps.
Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance, human rights and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises. We accept no government or UN funding, ensuring the independence and credibility of our work.
There are currently more than 100 million people globally displaced by conflict, human rights abuses and persecution, and many millions more are displaced each year by climate-related disasters. At a time when the international community’s ability to respond to these crises is stretched, Refugees International’s powerful advocacy helps focus planning and response to ensure resources go to those who need them most.
What we do
Refugees International focuses on important refugee, displacement, humanitarian and human rights issues that require urgent attention and action. Our advocates travel to some of the world’s most serious displacement crises to investigate first-hand the challenges faced by displaced people, create political solutions and demand action.
Refugees International does not accept government or UN funding, which allows us to speak freely and independently. This means that humanitarian groups responding to refugees and other displacement crises often see Refugees International as a key ally. Our expert recommendations are highly valued by senior officials in the US administration and Congress, the United Nations, and governments around the world, the very people whose decisions can bring immediate relief and life-saving solutions to refugees.
Refugees International was launched in 1979 as a grassroots movement to protect people fleeing Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Since then, we have grown to become a global advocacy organization and a leading voice for the rights of displaced people around the world.
- Ai Weiwei
- International refugees
Mark Westall is the founder and editor of FAD magazine, founder and co-editor of Art of Conversation and founder of the @worldoffad platform
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