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Cultural rights 10th anniversary report

17 January 2019
Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
To the HRC at its 40th session


To mark the tenth anniversary of the mandate on cultural rights and the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur provides an overview of the work of her mandate since its creation in 2009. She suggests strategies for advancing cultural rights during the next decade.

Learn more about the nature, issues at stake and challenges of cultural rights


The Special Rapporteur invited all relevant stakeholders to share with her their observations about the progress made in the implementation of those rights since the creation of the mandate. She invited their input on the outstanding challenges they face and priority issues for the next decade.

Note Verbale

Letter from the Special Rapporteur


Inputs Received

Member States

  1. Bulgaria
  2. Colombia 1-2
  3. Cyprus
  4. Greece 1-2
  5. Iraq
  6. Mauritius
  7. Morocco
  8. Norway 1-2
  9. Russian Federation
  10. Senegal
  11. Sweden

National Human Rights Institutions

  1. Association Nationale de Promotion et de Protection des droits de l’homme (ANAPRODH)
  2. Comision Nacional de los Derechos Humanos de México 1-2
  3. Commisionado Nacional de los Dereches Humanos de Honduras (CONADEH)
  4. Commission on Human Rights of Philippine (CHRP)
  5. Defensoria del Pueblo de Argentina
  6. Defensoria del Pueblo de Colombia
  7. Defensoria del Pueblo de Venezuela
  8. National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria
  9. National Council for Human Rights of Egypt
  10. Procurador de los Derechos Humanos de Guatemala (PDH)

Civil society stakeholders

  1. Agenda 2030 Feminista
  2. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB)
  3. AWID
  4. CEMAFORRE 1-2-3-4-5
  5. Centre for the Promotion and Defense of Sexual Reproductive Rights – PROMSEX
  6. Emek Shaveh
  7. European Bangladesh Forum
  8. Freemuse
  9. ICOMOS Norway
  10. IDC Cultura
  11. Institut Royal de la Culture Amazighe (IRCAM)
  12. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
  13. Muslims for Progressive values
  14. Nation of Yamassee Moors
  15. RASHID International
  16. The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI)
  17. Southall Black Sisters
  18. Treatment Action Group (TAG) 1-2

Other stakeholders

  1. Marieme Helie-Lucas
  2. Ole Reitov
  3. Sarah Wyatt
  4. The Wroclaw Commentaries
  5. Culture Sector, UNESCO

Special Procedures
Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights
Recent thematic reports
Issues in Focus
Contact Information

Alexandra Xanthaki, Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Telephone: +41 22 917 96 30
Fax: +41 22 917 90 06

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