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Activities



2021
  • 10 December 2021 – Side event Beyond symbolic reparations: Perceptions, expectations and challenges in the Al Mahdi case and in Mali, organized by the Trust Fund for Victims of the International Criminal Court in the framework of the 20th session of the Assembly of States Parties.
  • 16 and 25 November 2021 - Online events celebrating artists from minorities, a virtual art and activism tour and a showcase of #Music4Faith4Rights, organised by the OHCHR and Freemuse.
  • 22 November 2021 – Participation of the Special Rapporteur in the Knowledge Sharing Workshop of the EU National Institutes for Culture on Artistic freedom and its place in international cultural relations, Paris.
  • 2 November 2021 - Launch of the Climate Heritage Network Race to Resilience Campaign, organized during COP26.
  • 26 October 2021 – Side event The Children of an "Infinity of Cultures*" A Human Rights Approach to Cultural Mixing, organised together with the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID).
  • 14 October 2021 – Contribution of the Special Rapporteur in the session on Dynamics of Security & Development in Africa at the Global Security Forum, Doha, Qatar.
  • 8 October 2021 - Opinion piece from the Special Rapporteur on Cultural mixing and mixed identities – How to protect cultural rights for all, published online by the Institute of development studies
  • 5 October 2021 – Side-Event to the HRC 48 session, Afghan Women Human Rights Defenders Demand Justice and Accountability,
  • 14 September 2021 – Contribution of the Special Rapporteur in the Donia Human Rights Center Panel on Twenty Years after 9/11: Challenges to Human Rights Protection from Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, together with the Special Rapporteur on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism, Ms. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
  • 10 September 2021 – UCLG Culture Summit Culture: shaping the future, Izmir, Turkey
  • 8 July 2021 – Contribution on Preventing Cultural Catastrophe in the Pandemic: A Cultural Rights Approach, at the Fifth Annual Lecture of the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex
  • 15 June 2021 – Human Rights Council's Intersessional meeting on cultural rights and the protection of heritage, in the implementation of resolution 37/17
  • 26 May 2021 – Webinar on Speaking Truth to Power: Religious or Belief Minority Artists, Voice and Protest, organised by OHCHR and Freemuse.
  • 9 May 2021 – Contribution of the Special Rapporteur to the event of the European Alliance of Academies on Artistic Freedom in Europe – Mission (in)complete!?,
  • 21 April 2021 – Contribution to the discussions on Far Right Extremism and Human Rights in the United States: Global Perspectives, organised at the UC Davis School of Law.
  • 20 April 2021 – "Cities Are Listening' session on Upgrading Culture in Sustainable Development: The Time is Now, organised by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), UN Habitat and Metropolis.
  • 19 April 2021 – Event on Resisting repression: How culture inspires the democratic movement in Belarus, organised by the Atlantic Council
  • 30 March 2021 – Participation of the Special Rapporteur in the symbolic reparation ceremony for the victims of the destruction of Mausoleums in Timbuktu, organised by the Trust Fund for Victims of the International Criminal Court.
  • 9 March 20201 – Webinar: Preventing "cultural catastrophe" in the pandemic: a cultural rights approach, organised by Artists at Risk Connection.
  • 6 March 2021 – Opening by the Special Rapporteur of the Safe Havens Freedom Talks panel on Indigenous People's Rights and Freedom of Artistic Expression.
  • 4 March 2021 – Opening address by the Special Rapporteur for the second of a series of three online webinars organised by the French national consultative commission for human rights (CNCDH) on women’s rights in France, focusing on culture and education and the transmission of gender stereotypes.
  • 2 March 2021 – Participation of the Special Rapporteur in the panel discussion organised by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with State Secretary Jens Frølich Holte on artistic freedom and expression, in the framework of the review of its international strategy on freedom of expression. With the participation of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for artistic freedom, Deeyah Khan, and other artists.
  • 11 February 2021 - Webinar: Human rights, art and protest: voice and expression in U.S. minority communities in the time of the pandemic, organised jointly by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and Freemuse.
  • 3 February 2021, 10 am (EST) - Participation of the Special Rapporteur in the launch conference of a Safety Guide for artists, prepared by Artist at Risk Connection at Pen America.

2020
  • 10 December 2020 – Intervention of the Special Rapporteur in "Celebration of life", event organised by Muslims for Progressive Values, in honour of Muslim human rights defenders.
  • 8 December 2020 - keynote address of the Specila Rapporteur at the event: "Vandalism in the Name of God," analysing 2020 "war of the monuments" from a human rights perspective, organised by the Norwegian Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities.
  • 3 December 2020 –Intervention and moderation by the Special Rapporteur of the round table 2, in the framework of the Safe Havens Global Stream, “Resource-givers and policy makers in fields pertinent to freedom of artistic expression and the protection and defense of at-risk artists”.
  • 28 November 2020 – Keynote address by the Special Rapporteur in the webinar Les combats des femmes contre les obscurantismes : Instruments et actions, organized by Regards de Femmes.
  • 25 November 2020 – Keynote address from the Special Rapporteur at the event In Our Own Words: Discrimination and Violence against Women of Religious Minority Backgrounds in Pakistan, organized by the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and the Center for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development.
  • November 2020 - Interview with the Special Rapporteur, “It’s difficult to imagine development without the arts and culture”, Christian Zeier, “One World” magazine, Dossier culture.
  • 28-30 October 2020 – Closing remarks of the Special Rapporteur for the International Congress on Cultural and Creative Industries, organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of the State of Jalisco (Haleesco), Mexico, on “Cultural rights in the face of the covid crisis”.
  • 26 October 2020 – Opening by the Special Rapporeur of the Oslo World Festival 2020 conference programme Solidarity, artistic freedom and resistance.
  • 22 October 2020 - Participation of the Special Rapporteur in the side-event “Safeguarding the rights to freedom of religion or belief and cultural rights at a time of crisis” during the UN General Assembly, from 12:00 -1:15 pm EDT (via Zoom).
  • 21 October 2020 - Participation of the Special Rapporteur in the webinar “Climate change and cultural extinction: A Human Rights Crisis” organized with Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College during the UN General Assembly.
  • 3 October 2020 – Intervention of the Special Rapporteur for the conclusions of the conference “The 2020 Rome Charter”,
  • 13 August 2020 – Participation of the Special Rapporteur in IANGEL’s 7th Annual Virtual Gala.
  • 10 July 2020 – Intervention by the Special Rapporteur “Culture is the heart of our response to COVID19”, in the panel session on “Accelerating transformation from the ground up in the post COVID19 era”, in the framework of the Local and regional governments’ day of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

2019
  • 17 October 2019 - Keynote address by the Special Rapporteur "Why cultural rights matter?", for "The Hour of Freedom – Facts, Fictions and Freedom of Expression", organized in the framework of the Frankfurter Bookfair, Frankfurt, Germany 
  • 25 April 2019 – Video message of the Special Rapporteur, presented during the UNESCO International Conference on the 20th anniversary of the Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention, Geneva, Switzerland

2018
  • 6 December 2018 – Presentation of the Special Rapporteur report on universality of human rights, cultural rights and cultural diversity, University of Malmö, Sweden.
  • 5 December 2018 – Statement by the Special Rapporteur on the importance of article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Safe Havens conference, organized as part of the Swedish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Malmö, Sweden.
  • 4 December 2018 – Keynote speech by the Special Rapporteur on the cultural rights approach to the universality of human rights and the close interrelationship between universality and cultural diversity at the Annual Seminar of the Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities entitled "What Is at Stake When Religion and Culture Bypass Human Rights & Who Pays the Prize?", Oslo, Norway. 
  • 24 October 2018, Seminar on P.C. Chang and the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, New York, Colombia University
  • 12- 13 September 2018 – Keynote address of the Special Rapporteur at the Climate Heritage Mobilization, on “A Human Rights Approach to the Intersection of Climate Change and Cultural Heritage”, San Francisco, USA.
  • 24 May 2018 –24 May 2018 – Conference of the Special Rapporteur on “Les droits culturels: principaux enjeux actuels dans l’ensemble des droits humains” (in French), Freiburg, Switzerland.
  • 23 May 2018 - Participation of the Special Rapporteur in a symposium on “Freedom of Religion or Belief, Cultural Rights and Women: promoting a Gendered Perspective on Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion”, together with the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religions or belief, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 22 May 2018 - Statement by the Special Rapporteur in the first panel of the UNESCO event “Towards Access to Culture for All” (in English and French), celebrating the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, Paris, France.
  • 9-11 May 2018 – Keynote address from the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights at the first Americas Culture Summit, organised by the Ministry of Culture of Argentina and the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) hosted by the Canada Council for the Arts in Ottawa, Canada.
  • 8 March 2018 - Keynote address by the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights in the Symposium “Women in Culture and Science”, organised by the UNESCO Chair on Building Common Ground: Cultural Rights of the University of Copenhagen and the UNESCO division for gender equality, Paris, France.
  • 22 March 2018 – Written contribution by the Special Rapporteur to the conference “Countering Violent Extremism: European Context and the Bangladeshi Diaspora”, organised by European Bangladesh Forum as a side-event to the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva.

2017
  • 1 December 2017 - "What are cultural rights?" An interview with the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, in the series of UNESCO podcasts “Talking about culture”, Paris
  • 7 July 2017 - Keynote address from the Special Rapporteur Karima Bennoune opening the one-day intersessional seminar organised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on "Cultural Rights and the Protection of Cultural Heritage", Geneva, Switzerland. * for more information on the event, consult the dedicated page here
  • 13 May 2017 - Video address from the Special Rapporteur Karima Bennoune opening the Europa Nostra European Heritage Congress entitled "Sharing Heritage - Citizens Participation in Decision Making", Turku, Finnland.
    - text of the address and video
    - programme of the event
  • 10 May 2017 - Keynote address by the Special Rapporteur Karima Bennoune opening the work of the 2nd UCLG Culture Summit on "Commitments and Actions for Culture in Sustainable Cities", Jeju, Republic of Korea.
    - programme of the event
  • 27 April 2017 - Expert contribution of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights to the International Criminal Court case "The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi".

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