Illustrating our human rights with cartoons, some of them very funny indeed, might seem a frivolous response to the abuses going on in the world today.

But not according to Syria’s foremost political cartoonist Ali Ferzat, whose eye-catching illustration is on the cover of Amnesty’s and Waterstones’ new booklet Know Your Rights. Ferzat, whose wordless cartoons poke fun remorselessly, was assaulted and his hands broken in 2011 in the effort to repress him.

It didn’t work.

He left Syria and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine last year.  It’s really interesting to look up Ferzat’s work: you’ll see that the vast majority of his cartoons deal with the right to freedom of expression. And that’s coming from the bloodbath that is Syria.

‘When I draw, it is like a voice is shouting inside of me.’

Ali Ferzat

Know your rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in cartoons | Blogs | Amnesty International UK.