From the Republic of Conscience

From the Republic of Conscience: Amnesty international Ireland. Stories Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 18, "Choose your wound" written by Frank McCourt, illustrated by Nick Miller

"From the Republic of Conscience": Stories Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
.Launched by Mary Robinson with readings from Roddy Doyle and Colm O'Gorman, Excecuitve Director, Amnesty International Ireland at the National Library, Dublin.

Nick Miller was invited to illustrate one stories and chose the one dealing with Article 18 by Frank McCourt 
"Choose your Wound" . Not long before he died this year, Frank saw the image and described it as "Truly startling!".

 18: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change their religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or in private, to manifest their religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was created in 1948 as a direct response to the inhumanity suffered worldwide throughout, and following, World War Two. To mark the UDHR's 60th anniversary in 2008, Seán Love, who was executive director of Amnesty International (Ireland) at the time, and author Roddy Doyle decided to celebrate the declaration, telling the story of human rights to a new generation in a unique and compelling way. Each author took a different topic for each of the articles in the UDHR tackling the varied subjects of fair trials, prison, torture, war, refugees, but also, education, poverty, health, leisure, employment, and housing. The book, which features an introduction by Seamus Heaney, is a special commemoration of the work of the UDHR and Amnesty International. 

Several visual artists including Nick Miller, Alice Maher, Barrie Cooke,  Brian Maguire, Robert Ballagh, Vivienne Roche, Amelia Stein, Jim Fitzpatrick and Mick O'Dea have contributed images to accompany some of the essays, while the cover features a piece by Louis le Brocquy, created especially for Amnesty.

"Choose your Wound" by Frank McCourt can be read on the Irish Times Website.
From the Republic of Conscience can be bought online at Amazon