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Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights

Introduction

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”.

This mandate was further extended for a period of three years in 2015, through resolution 28/9 of 10 April, and in 2018, through resolution 37/12 of 22 March.

For more information on the mandate, please click here.

Current question in focus: the contribution of artistic and cultural initiatives to creating and developing right-respecting societies

In her third report to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/37/55), the Special Rapporteur addresses how actions in the field of arts and culture can make significant contributions towards creating, developing and maintaining societies in which all human rights are increasingly realized.

By engaging people and encouraging their interaction through artistic and cultural expression, actions in the field of culture can open a space in which individuals and groups can reflect upon their society, confront and modify their perception of one another, express their fears and grievances in a non-violent manner, develop resilience after violent or traumatic experiences, including human rights violations, and imagine the future they want for themselves and how to better realize human rights in the society they live in. The increased social interactions, mutual understanding and trust that can be built or rebuilt through these initiatives are essential to achieve a range of human rights goals and to respect cultural diversity.

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Highlights

22 May 2018, Paris, 15:00 – 17:30: The Special Rapporteur will participate in the Symposium Towards Access to Culture for All organised by UNESCO. See the website here for more information and the link to the live webcast.

23 May 2018, Palais des Nations room XIV, 10:00 - 15:00: Symposium on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Cultural Rights and Women. See the concept note and dedicated website for more information.

24 May 2018, Université de Fribourg room 3115, 18:30 : Conference and debate with the Special Rapporteur on Cultural rights: What is at stake today for these rights in the human rights system (taking place in French).

Latest report on the contribution of artistic and cultural initiatives to creating and developing right-respecting societies

Inter-sessional seminar on cultural rights and the protection of cultural heritage - Summary report

HRC adopts resolution 37/17 on cultural rights and the protection of cultural heritage

A group of cities and local governments adopt the Geneva Declaration "Human Rights and cultural heritage: committed cities working together", an initiative supported by High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Special Rapporteurs

Ms. Karima Bennoune
Since 2015

Ms. Farida Shaheed
2009-2015

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