Acclaimed street artist Ben Eine – one of The Big Issue’s creative collaborators – has produced a striking new work celebrating those who stand up for human rights.
Eine’s giant new mural on a building in Romford, East London, spells out the word “Brave” in 16ft letters, marking the launch of Amnesty International’s campaign highlighting the courageous work of activists around the world.
It’s also part of a regeneration scheme in the area called ‘Colour in Romford’.
“From the safety of my comfort zone, I’m trying to support artists and others around the world to be brave,” said Eine, who designed a special edition of The Big Issue celebrating selling 200 million copies.
“It’s important to stand up for them so they know the efforts they make for a better world and to challenge injustice don’t go unnoticed.
Artists, journalists, lawyers, women’s rights activists and others are facing unprecedented levels of persecution, intimidation and violence
“We should all be free to express ourselves,” he added.
“I’ve been given fines for my work, done community service and made my mum cry, but that’s nothing compared with what other artists around the world have faced because their work challenges accepted ways of thinking.”
According to Amnesty, 3,500 people have been killed for standing up for human rights since 1998, the equivalent of one every other day. The “Brave” campaign calls on supporters to stand with all those who fight against injustice and hatred.
“Artists, journalists, lawyers, women’s rights activists and others campaigning for human rights around the world are facing unprecedented levels of persecution, intimidation and violence,” said Kate Allen, Director of Amnesty international UK.
“They should be celebrated, but instead they are being smeared and attacked by governments. We are delighted that Ben has added his name to our campaign to protect those who stand up for human rights.”