Gerard Emmanuel Kandem Kanya
Dr Gerard Emmanuel Kamdem Kanga
(Faculty of Humanities, and the Centre for Sexualities, AIDS and Gender)

Articles in the UDHR:

  • Article 1:
    All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
  • Article 3:
    Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
  • Article 4:
    No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
  • Article 5:

    No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. 

Description of entry:
The Libyan Auction: “Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, he’ll dig”. This is an auctioneer speaking as reported by CNN. This painting of 406 mm by 508 mm depicts the migrant slavery in Libya; in 2018. The two nude figures in a triangular composition represent mankind turned into goods and openly sold in auctions; in the 21st Century.  Interestingly, this lasted for more than a year with no attention until a CNN and French TV reports shocked the world which finally woke up. For how long the struggle for human rights will last?

Gerard Emmanuel




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