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Cultural rights are fundamental for the respect of human dignity, in the diversity of its expressions. This mandate was created to:
Learn more about how the implementation of cultural rights is critical for sustainable peace, equality and development through the Issues in focus section.
In 2009 the Human Rights Council decided to establish, for a period of three years, a new special procedure entitled "independent expert in the field of cultural rights" through resolution 10/23.
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Alexandra Xanthaki was appointed UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights in October 2021. Ms. Xanthaki is Greek and lives in the United Kingdom where she works as a Professor of Laws at Brunel University London, United Kingdom. Throughout her academic career, Ms. Xanthaki has published over 50 publications relating to the cultural rights of minorities and indigenous peoples, cultural diversity, cultural heritage, balancing cultural rights with other rights and interests, and multiculturalism and integration in international human rights law. She has worked with NGOs, civil society and has consulted States on such issues.
Alexandra Xanthaki, Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
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Joint policy position in relation to the protection of human rights in sport without discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics, by a group of United Nations Special Procedures mandate holders
31 October 2023
Joint policy position on the participation of LGBT persons in cultural life, from the Special rapporteur and the Independent Expert on Protection Against Violence and Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
27 October 2023
Joint Declaration on SDG Summit adopted by the 29th Annual Meeting of Special Rapporteurs, Independent Experts, and Chairpersons of the Working Groups of the Special procedures of the Human Rights Council
16 June 2023
25 April 2023
Watch the video message of the Special Rapporteur on the participation of Russian and Belarusian Athletes in international sports competition
21 October 2022
Contribution of the Special Rapporteur to the discussion on the right to science, organised by the GESDA in its annual Summit
29 September 2022
Watch the contribution of the Special Rapporteur to the ministerial thematic session on “Culture for sustainable development” at the UNESCO World Conference Mondiacult.
13 September 2022
Listen to the introductory presentation of the Special Rapporteur, in the context of the 2nd Argentinian national days on cultural rights. [