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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.

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. 

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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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