“To Be Free” is a crop from the Genetic Bill of Rights Painting Series by Mariam Muradian
& CC Arshagra.The Genetic Bill of Rights was drafted in 2000 by The Council for Responsible Genetics and GeneWatch, yet most people do not even now that it exists. These rights exist for everyone; to inform people that they have the right to govern their own genes, bodies, cultures, and biodiversity.
Copyright 2000. All rights reserved The Council for Responsible Genetics.
Professional photographs of the paintings by Kevin Sharp.
Acrylics, oil pastel, charcoal on 24″×30″ canvas.

Note to Artists: In the event that The Genetic Bill of Rights words inspire you to action, and you wish to use/reproduce them in any integral and aesthetic artistic way to spread the knowledge and collective conscience of these human rights worldwide; The Council for Responsible Genetics states: “Copyright 2000. All rights reserved The Council for Responsible Genetics. May be reproduced without permission ONLY in its ENTIRETY, INCLUDING this copyright notice.”
(This copyright is painted on the side of all these original canvases.)
This entire 11 piece painting series is available for exhibition. Curators please contact artists via BubbleMail.

You can also go to URL http://www.thebigboxofcolors.org/ourmission/thegbrpaintingseries.html
to read the GeneWatch Magazine Cover Story Article about the series.

1. All people have the right to preservation of the earth’s biological and genetic diversity.

2. All people have the right to a world in which living organisms cannot be patented, including human beings, animals, plants, microorganisms and all their parts.

3. All people have the right to a food supply that has not been genetically engineered.

4. All indigenous peoples have the right to manage their own biological resources, to preserve their traditional knowledge, and to protect these from expropriation and biopiracy by scientific, corporate or government interests.

5. All people have the right to protection from toxins, other contaminants, or actions that can harm their genetic makeup and that of their offspring.

6. All people have the right to protection against eugenic measures such as forced sterilization or mandatory screening aimed at aborting or manipulating selected embryos or fetuses.

7. All people have the right to genetic privacy including the right to prevent the taking or storing of bodily samples for genetic information without their voluntary informed consent.

8. All people have the right to be free from genetic discrimination.

9. All people have the right to DNA tests to defend themselves in criminal proceedings.

10. All people have the right to have been conceived, gestated, and born without genetic manipulation.

Spring, 2000
Copyright. All Rights Reserved to The Council for Responsible Genetics


  • Phil
    Philabout 7 years ago

    Interesting. Is this in the US?
    The GMO locomotive has no brakes.
    The corporations that fight for control of the engine room have no genuine interest in environment or humanity. Only profit. Sadly, too many western governments support the wealth by stealth approach…….
    Like your art…. and the message

  • cheetaah
    cheetaahabout 7 years ago

    Superb work, I love it, you have your own style and work.

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryabout 7 years ago

    Very interesting concept and excellent art.

  • intheflesh
    inthefleshalmost 7 years ago

    Very provocative image

  • Rosina  Lamberti
    Rosina Lambertiover 6 years ago

    Fantastic look and feel. I love the title as well.

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 6 years ago

    great work

  • ellamental
    ellamentalover 6 years ago

    hello sweet, hope life is finding you free and peaceful. Always sending you good energy,love and light.

  • Ieneke
    Ienekeover 6 years ago

    I love this one Mariam…wow!!! Beautiful message. :)

  • NewAgeVisionz
    NewAgeVisionzover 6 years ago

    Well said, awesome work…

  • drjones
    drjonesover 6 years ago

    your work is so heartfelt…beautiful :)

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