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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”.

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.



NEW ISSUE IN FOCUS: THE IMPACT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY REGIMES ON THE RIGHT TO SCIENCE AND CULTURE

Intellectual Property ©The Special Rapporteur has decided to devote her next thematic study to the issue of the impact of intellectual property regimes on the enjoyment of right to science and culture, as enshrined in particular in article 15 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Her findings will be presented in two consecutive reports, to the Human Rights Council (March 2015) and to the United Nations General Assembly (October 2015). To know more, click here....



OTHER ISSUE IN FOCUS: THE IMPACT OF ADVERTISING AND MARKETING PRACTICES ON THE ENJOYMENT OF CULTURAL RIGHTS

Larger that life advertisement dominating a sport ground in China © Gwenaëlle GobéIn her 2014 report to the General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur will seek to identify main challenges and obstacles posed by advertising and marketing practices to the enjoyment of cultural rights, including the right to education, the right to artistic freedom, the right to enjoy and access cultural heritage and the right to choose one’s way of life. Advertising and marketing practices encompass a diversity of trends and methods used to sell or promote services or products including print, TV, radio, internet and billboards, branding, promotions, and sponsorship of cultural events or products, among other strategies. They also include the development of new practices linked to behavioural targeting and neuromarketing. To know more, click here....


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Highlights

16 December 2015, participation of Mrs Karima Bennoune in the launch of UNESCOs first global report on tracking the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Critical reviewed and perspectives on each of the thematic studies prepared by Ms Farida Shaheed during her time as the first Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. See the program of the International conference "Negotiating Cultural Rights" (13-14 November 2015, Copenhagen) and listen to the INTERVIEW with the outgoing Rapporteur.

LATEST REPORT from the Special Rapporteur concerning patent policies and the right to science and culture, presented to the UN General Assembly

22 May 2015, keynote speech by Ms. Farida Shaheed, International conference on the Human Right to Science: New Directions for Human Rights in Science, Bern, Switzerland

6 May 2015, Video conference by Ms. Farida Shaheed, Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

Focus

Leaflet: The Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
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Special Rapporteurs

Ms. Karima Bennoune
Since 2015

Ms. Farida Shaheed
2009-2015

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