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Karima Bennoune, Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rightsThe Human Rights Council, through resolution 10/23 decided to establish, for a period of three years, a new special procedure entitled “independent expert in the field of cultural rights”.

The mandate was extended in 2012 for a period of three years, conferring to the current mandate holder the status of Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights (resolution 19/6). This mandate was further extended in 2015 for a period of three years through resolution 28/9 of 10 April.

For more information on the mandate, please click here.

Current question in focus: the impact of fundamentalism and extremism on the enjoyment of cultural rights

In her second report to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/34/56), the Special Rapporteur considers how the rise of fundamentalism and extremism, in diverse forms, represents major threats to human rights worldwide and a growing challenge that must be faced with urgency, using a human rights approach. The report maps how such threats gravely undermine the enjoyment of cultural rights and stresses the centrality of cultural rights in combating them.

At the same occasion, she also indicated her intention to study this issue further for her upcoming report to the General Assembly. This follow up report will focus on the impact of fundamentalism and extremism, as defined in A/HRC/34/56, on the cultural rights of women. All stakeholders are invited to submit contributions to this study until 19 May using this questionnaire.

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10 May 2017 - Keynote address by the Special Rapporteur Karima Bennoune opening the work of the 2nd UCLG Culture Summit on "Commitments and Actions for Culture in Sustainable Cities", Jeju, Republic of Korea.

Call for submissions to the Special Rapporteur's next report to the General Assembly - until 19 May

Facing Up to the Global Avalanche of Hate: The Impact of Fundamentalism And Extremism on Cultural Rights", Side event 3 March 2017 in Geneva. (flyer).
Watch the video of the side-event.

Latest report of the Special Rapporteur on fundamentalism and extremism to be presented to 34th session of the Human Rights Council

"Time to end intentional destruction of cultural heritage: a human rights call to action", Side event, 27 October 2016, NY. Watch the webcast video


Plácido Domingo, Destruction of cultural heritage is a human rights issue", opening speech at the side event

HRC adopts resolution 33/20 on cultural rights and the protection of cultural heritage (September 2016)


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Special Rapporteurs

Ms. Karima Bennoune
Since 2015

Ms. Farida Shaheed

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