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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

Cuba

12/06/2019

JOL
CUB 2/2019

Información recibida en relación al Decreto 349 sobre "Contravenciones de las regulaciones en materia de política cultural y sobre la prestación de servicios artísticos", que entró en vigor el 7 de diciembre de 2018, y señalar a la atención del Gobierno de su Excelencia la información que hemos recibido en relación con las restricciones impuestas al derecho a la libertad de expresión artística y creatividad, al derecho a la libertad de expresión y al derecho a la libertad de reunión pacífica y a la libertad de asociación, como resultado de la aplicación del mencionado decreto

NO

Bangladesh

27/07/2018

JAL
BGD 6/2018

Information received concerning the harmful impact of rapid industrialization on the ecosystem and on the outstanding universal values of the Sundarbans mangrove forest, as well as detrimental effects on the human rights of the local population related to the safe and healthy environment of the forest.

NO

19/12/2018

JAL
BGD 8/2018

Information received concerning the alleged rise of religious fundamentalism and extremist violence against religious minorities, human rights defenders and secular writers or media workers, as well as the fear of targeted violence against religious minorities in the context of the upcoming general elections.

NO

Canada

20/12/2018

JOL
CAN 4/2018

Information received concerning changes to the sexuality education curriculum of the Province of Ontario.

YES
7/05/2019

China

27/07/2018

JAL
CHN 16/2018

Information received concerning the rights of Tibetans implicated by the restriction to access the Hoh Xil nature reserve.

YES
14/09/2018

Egypt

7/03/2019

JUA
EGY 3/2019

Information received concerning the continued detention and health deterioration of poet Galal el Behairy

NO

Hungary

12/09/2018

JOL
HUN 6/2018

Information received concerning a governmental directive forbidding the teaching of the subject of gender studies at institutions of higher education

No

India

11/12/2018

JUA
IND 26/2018

Information received concerning the threats against journalist Ms. Swati Chaturvedi

NO

Iran

26/09/2018

JUA
IRN 11/2018

Information received concerning the reported arrest and arbitrary detention of human rights defenders Ms. Hoda Amid, Ms. Najmeh Vahedi and Ms. Rezvaneh Mohammadi, by the Iranian authorities, as well as the continued detention and aggravated charges brought against human rights defender Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh, and the subsequent arrest of her husband, Mr. Reza Khandan

No

Israel

2/11/2018

JOL
ISR 12/2018

Information received concerning the adoption of the new Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People by the Israeli Knesset, on 19 July 2018.

NO

Other

27/03/2019

JAL
OTH 13/2019

Information received concerning the alleged planned re-development of the Seven Sisters Indoor Market, in the London Borough of Haringey

YES
10/04/2019

Turkey

23/11/2018

JAL
TUR 13/2018

Information received concerning the alleged resettlement of thousands of persons and the destruction of ancient cultural heritage in the city of Hasankeyf and neighboring villages, as a result of the Ilisu dam project under construction in the Tigris River, in southeast Turkey

YES
24/01/2019

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

15/03/2019

JAL
GBR 1/2019

Information received concerning the alleged planned re-development of the Seven Sisters Indoor Market, in the London Borough of Haringey

YES 14/05/2019