Report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cultures and cultural rights
4 February 2021
Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
To the Human Rights Council in its 46th session, February-March 2021
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In her 2021 report to the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur focused on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on cultures and cultural rights and the potential global cultural catastrophe it represents, with severe, long-lasting consequences for cultural rights and other human rights. In the report, the Special Rapporteur surveys the negative impacts of COVID-19 on cultures and cultural rights worldwide, and the positive potential of cultures and cultural rights, including the right to science, to enhance rights-respecting solutions and build resilience. The report also contains relevant recommendations for action.
report on the impact of COVID-19 on cultural rights and learn more about the role of cultural rights in global crises on
the page dedicated to this issue
In 2020, several Special Procedure mandate holders wished to focus their thematic reports to the United Nations Human Rights Council or the General Assembly on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the enjoyment of human rights. To inform their respective studies, they jointly developed a questionnaire, which was disseminated widely to States, regional and local governments, international and regional organizations, National Human Rights Institutions, equality bodies, and civil society organizations, UN agencies, funds and programmes and other interested stakeholders in May 2020.
The various reports prepared by mandate holders on the pandemic, as well as other ressources, can be found on
In order to facilitate responding to questions by Special Procedures, the joint questionnaire included a
list of common questions and
specific thematic questions responding to information required by participating mandates.
See the joint questionnaire here:
Español. Questions of particular interest to the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights are published on page 9.
All submissions received covering the common questions raised in the joint questionnaire on COVID-19 and human rights can be found
on this page.
Additional submissions and submissions addressing only or mainly issues related to cultural rights can be found below.
States, regional and local governments
UN entities and International organizations
National Human Right Institutions
Civil society organisations
The Aguda (Israel)
Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Association of Independent Showmen (United Kingdom)
Association of Italians "Rino Zandonai" Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Brazilian joint civil society submission– Instituto sociambiental, Survival International, Rainforest Foundation US, Rede de Cooperação Amazônica, Conectas Direitos Humanos, Instituto Igarapé, Greenpeace Brasil.
Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas de Ecuador
ECPAT- Portugal – Ending the sexual exploitation of children
International Action Network for Gender Equity and Law
International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (Germany), and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians (USA)
- The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
IPAS Centroamerica y México
Joint submission - Rang, Mena Organization for Services Advocacy Integration & Capacity building (MOSAIC), Korean sexual-minority Culture & Rights Center, Society of transsexual Women of the Philippines, and Diversity and Solidarity Trust (Asia) Annex
Minority Rights Defenders and artists
Minority Rights Group
People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL)
SOS Esclaves Mauritanie
South Korean Human Rights Network (Minbyun)
Support Art Workers (SAW)
Treatment Action Group (TAG), Annex, Update Annex II
Terra de Direitos and Labá Direito, Espaço e Política (Brazil)
Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights
Academics and individuals