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Out of many perspectives comes one history

Out of many perspectives comes one history

History and memorials are not the spoils of the victor. In a panel discussion held during the 27th Human Rights Council, Human Rights special rapporteurs discussed with guests and Member States the best way to ensure that history teaching and memorialization processes are being used as a way of fostering mutual understanding between communities so as not to repeat past wrongs.
Integrating cultural rights in transitional justice strategies in post-conflict societies

Integrating cultural rights in transitional justice strategies in post-conflict societies

The latest report to the Human Rights Council of the Rapporteur on cultural rights addresses memorialization processes in post-conflict societies and the importance of culture in transitional justice.
Post-conflict societies: learning history from different points of view

Post-conflict societies: learning history from different points of view

In a report presented during the United Nations General Assembly’s 68th session in New York, Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights Farida Shaheed said the writing and teaching of history in divided and post-conflict areas should serve the purpose of fostering critical thinking.
Women’s cultural rights: empowering and transformative

Women’s cultural rights: empowering and transformative

Farida Shaheed, UN expert in the field of cultural rights, proposes to shift the paradigm from one that views culture merely as an obstacle to women’s rights to one that seeks to ensure women’s equal enjoyment of cultural rights.
The destruction of cultural and religious sites: a violation of human rights

The destruction of cultural and religious sites: a violation of human rights

Destruction of cultural and religious sites constitutes a violation of human rights.
Independent Expert: Cultural Rights enrich universal human rights

Independent Expert: Cultural Rights enrich universal human rights

Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights Farida Shaheed outlines the challenges of this new mandate in her first report to the Human Rights Council.