Spirou, chosen as a Champion of Human Rights by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, joined forces with the Atomium to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Created 80 years ago, this great Belgian comic strip hero is instantly recognisable in his red bellboy’s uniform. He has always made a stand against tyranny and championed values such as respect for others, justice, courage and generosity.
In this way, a special issue of Spirou Magazine (no. 4200) was published this year. It was created in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Spirou has chosen the Atomium to host the celebrations and activities marking this anniversary. This emblem of Brussels and Belgium was created for the Brussels World’s Fair (Expo 58), whose theme was A review of the world for a more humane world. It still embodies humanist values through its events and exhibitions.
Last week, Atomium showed its support for Spirou and his defence of human rights – whose rallying call is #Spirou4Rights – by replacing the national colours of Belgium and hoisting the flag of the United Nations. Visitors to the Atomium will learn more about human rights during their tours.