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Call for input: Report on the intentional destruction of cultural heritage as a violation of human rights

Issued by

Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights


09 August 2016

presented to

General Assembly at its 71st session in October 2016


Issued by Special Procedures


Economic, social and cultural rights, Cultural rights

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In the present report, the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights sets out a human rights approach, which she has developed, to the intentional destruction of cultural heritage, in conflict and non-conflict situations, by States and non-State actors


The Special Rapporteur invited all relevant stakeholders to send their views on the intentional destruction of cultural heritage and share their experiences of the impact it has on human rights, especially cultural rights.

Inputs Received
Inputs Received
Responses from States
  1. Armenia 1 | 2
  2. Azerbaijan
  3. Belgique
  4. Dominican Republic 1 | 2
  5. Georgia
  6. Greece
  7. Guatemala
  8. Italy
  9. Mauritius 1 | 2
  10. Philippines
  11. República del Salvador
  12. El Salvador - Instituto Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural
  13. Russian Federation (translation)
  14. Serbia
  15. United States of America
  16. Venezuela
Responses from NHRIs
  1. Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos de México
  2. Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance Tanzania
  3. Commission nationale des Droits de la Personne du Rwanda 1 | 2
  4. Defensoría del Pueblo de Colombia
  5. Defensoría del Pueblo de Panamá
  6. Iranian Human rights commission 1 | 2
  7. National Human Rights Commission of India
  8. National Human Rights Institute of Paraguay
Responses from other stakeholders
  1. Adam Blitz
  2. American Association for the Advacement of Science (AAAS)
  3. Americans for Democracy and & Human rights in Bahrain
  4. Ana Filipa Vrdoljak 1 | 2 | 3
  5. Antoon de Baets
  6. Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
  7. At-sik-hata
  8. Christiane Johannot-Gradis
  9. Christoph Doppelhofer
  10. Cultural survival
  11. Diyarbakir Metropolitan Municipality
  12. Emek Shaveh
  13. Emma Loosley
  14. Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East & North Africa
  15. Fanny –Iona Morel - Observatory of diversity and cultural rights, Uni.Fribourg
  16. Geneva Call
  17. Human Rights Advocates 1 | 2
  18. Khmers Kampuchea-Krom Federation
  19. Lea Chauveau
  20. Luigia Bersani (Italian)
  21. Marina Lostal and Emma Cunliffe
  22. Maya Leaders Alliance in Belize
  23. Minority Rights Group International
  24. Missouri’s Little Dixie Heritage Foundation 1 | 2
  25. Organization of Islamic Conference
  26. Patrice Meyer-Bisch –Observatoire de la diversité et des droits culturels
  27. Ram Puniyani
  28. Raman Maroz
  29. RASHID- Research, Assessment and Safeguarding of the Heritage of Iraq in Danger
  30. Republika Srpska
  31. Samuel Andrew Hardy
  32. Sawa Organisation for Human Rights
  33. Tamaynut NGO
  34. UNAMA-OHCHR Afghanistan
  35. UNESCO Chair on Cultural Landscapes and Heritage
  36. Youba Bathily
  37. Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica 1 | 2