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Complaints addressed by the mandate

All the communications the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights has addressed since the establishment of the mandate in 2009 have been made public in the joint communications reports of special procedures mandate holders, issued three time a year for the sessions of the Human Rights Council. These communications reports, including the original letters sent by the Special Rapporteur and the response received by concerned States, can be accessed through the joint communication reports page, or the communication database.

In the table below, you will find the most recent communications of the mandate. A document listing all the communications ever addressed by the mandate can be found here. The lists are organized in alphabetical order by country. Allegation letters are identified with (AL), urgent appeal with (UA). Most communications are addressed jointly with other Special procedure mandates, and are therefore joint communications, identified with as JAL or JUA. Past communications can also be searched chroNOlogically through this page.

Latest communications:

Country Date Type of comm and ref. Summary of the allegations transmitted  (original language) Reply from State

Bangladesh

28/06/2017

JUA
BGD 3/2017

Information received concerning alleged threats of arrest, exile and violence by a fundamentalist group called Hefazat-e-Islam Dhaka City Committee, received by Ms. Sultana Kamal, human rights defender, and the recent request from a Supreme Court lawyer to arrest her for having allegedly hurt the religious feelings of the Muslim majority in the country

NO

China12/01/2018

JOL
CHN 1/2018

Information received concerning the directive on bilingual education issued on 28 June 2017 by Hotan’s Education Department

YES, 15/03/2018

China16/02/2018

JUA
CHN 4/2018

Information received concerning the prolonged pre-trial detention since 2016, and the trial, on 4 January 2018, of Tashi Wangchuk, a linguistic rights activist and member of the Tibetan miNOrity, following his appearance in an article and documentary in the New York Times published in NOvember 2015 about his advocacy for the right to education in Tibetan

NO

Côte d'Ivoire

26/10/2017

JAL
CIV 1/2017

Information reçues concernant des mesures discriminatoires dont auraient été victimes des femmes rurales Abbeys dans deux villages du sud de la Côte d'Ivoire (Offa et Gouabo) relativement à leur droit à la propriété de la terre dans le cadre d'un projet financé par l'Union européenne.

YES, 30/10/2018
3/01/2018

Libya

7/12/2017

JUA
LBY 8/2017

Information received concerning the alleged shut down of a comic book exhibition in Tripoli, Libya, and the detention and torture of its organisers, as well as alleged threats and intimidation of authors of the book “Sun on Closed Windows”.

NO

Mauritania

22/12/2017

JUA
MRT 4/2017

Informations reçues concernant la disparition de M. Cheikh Ould Mohamed M'Kheitir depuis le 9 NOvembre 2017 et la procédure pénale engagée contre lui. M. Cheikh Ould Mohamed M'Kheitir est un défenseur des droits de l'homme, bloggeur et écrivain indépendant qui oeuvre pour la liberté religieuse et l'abolition de l'esclavage.

YES, 17/01/2018

Nepal

14/08/2017

JUL
NPL 3/2017

Information received concerning alleged forced evictions, displacement, destruction of cultural property as well as the lack of consultation and the free, prior informed consent of the Newar indigeNOus peoples, as a result of the ongoing Kathmandu Valley Road Improvement Project.

NO

Other

20/07/2017

JAL
OTH
13/2017 : Grainger PLC
14/2017 : Transport for London
15/2017 : MAM ltd.

Information received concerning alleged planned expulsion and demolition of the Seven Sisters Indoor Market, in the London Borough of Haringey, for a regeneration initiative, anNOunced to start in July 2017, which would threaten the livelihood and cultural life of the residents and shop owners mainly of miNOrity origins

YES Grainger 28/07, 18/08, 11/09, 3/11, 28/11
TfL 25/09/2017

 

26/10/2017

JAL
OTH 26/2017 : European Union

Information reçues concernant des mesures discriminatoires dont auraient été victimes des femmes rurales Abbeys dans deux villages du sud de la Côte d'Ivoire (Offa et Gouabo) relativement à leur droit à la propriété de la terre dans le cadre d'un projet financé par l'Union européenne.

NO

Pakistan

28/06/2017

JAL
PAK 3/2017

Information received concerning alleged harassment and death threats received by Mr. Rana Tanveer. These actions appear to be closely related to his activities as a miNOrity rights defender.

NO

Republic of Korea

08/06/2017

JAL
KOR 1/2017

Information received concerning allegations about a blacklist by the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Culture containing names of South Korean artists, representing undue restrictions to their freedom of artistic expression

YES 6/08//2017

Russia

17/10/2017

JAL
RUS 8/2017

Information received concerning alleged arrest and conviction of Mr. Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film director and political activist. He has been an outspoken critic of the Russian annexation of Crimea. A copy was sent to Ukraine for information

NO

Sri Lanka

13/06/2017

JUA
LKA 3/2017

Information received concerning alleged attacks and violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka since April 2017, including attacks against businesses, places of worship, property and homes. It is alleged that such violent incidents have been instigated by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) leadership, including as a result of inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric used by BBS Secretary General Mr. Galagoda Gnanasara Thero, in his recent speeches. The BBS (Buddhist Power Force) is a local group that promotes extremist Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism

YES, 15/06/2017

Turkey

11/12/2017

JAL
TUR 13/2017

Information received concerning continued infringement upon the rights to freedom of expression through the court hearing on 5 December 2017, against signatories to the 11 January 2016 Peace Petition, publicly kNOwn as “Academics for Peace Petition”

YES, 9/02/2018

Turkey

02/11/2017

JUA
TUR 12/2017

Information received concerning the arrest and detention of Mr. Osman Kavala under yet unspecified charges, which may be related to his activism in favor of dialogue between the Turkish Government and miNOrities within the country, as well as with neighboring countries, such as Armenia and Greece. Mr. Kavala is a Turkish human rights defender, businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of the Anadolu Kültür Foundation, which operates cultural centers throughout the country seeking to promote intercultural cooperation and dialogue.

YES, 15/12/2017

United Kingdom

20/07/2017

JAL
GBR 3/2017

Information received concerning the alleged planned expulsion and demolition of the Seven Sisters Indoor Market, in the London Borough of Haringey, for a regeneration initiative, anNOunced to start in July 2017, which would threaten the livelihood and cultural life of the residents and shop owners mainly of miNOrity origins

YES, 04/10/2017

Viet Nam

29/11/2017

JAL
VNM 7/2017

Information received concerning the alleged eviction of Ms. Mai Khoi from her home following her protest against the visit to HaNOi by the President of the USA.
Ms. Mai Khoi is a musician and activist. She is kNOwn as an outspoken activist on issues relating to freedom of expression, LGBTI rights and violence against women.

YES, 29/01/2018