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10th anniversary of the mandate on cultural rights

To mark the tenth anniversary of the mandate on cultural rights and the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Special Rapporteur’s report to the 40th session of the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/40/53) provides an overview of the work of the mandate since its creation in 2009 and suggests future priorities and strategies for advancing cultural rights during the next decade in order to achieve the vision set out in article 27 and guarantee the cultural rights of all.

Developments in today’s world make this a timely review. Embattled humanity, living in a world of extremists of all kinds, of proliferating cultural relativism and cultural excuses for human rights violations, a world threatened by catastrophic climate change which threatens human civilization, including cultural heritage, where hate is being normalized, inequalities are growing, public space is being privatized and where the impulse to censor thrives, desperately needs full implementation of its cultural rights and other universal human rights. At the same time, there are many positive advances which must not be overlooked, including local initiatives aimed at increasing understanding and tolerance, creative efforts by cultural rights defenders to improve compliance, new possibilities for global cooperation in the promotion of cultural rights, multiplying challenges to sexual harassment in the fields of art and culture, the ongoing exercise of human creativity and scientific research, despite the obstacles, and growing recognition of areas of human rights, including cultural rights, such as those of persons with disabilities, peasants and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons. In her review of the work of the mandate, the Special Rapporteur aims to ascertain how to magnify the positive developments while revisiting the strategies needed to confront the negative ones.

Questionnaire on stocktaking of the impact of the work of the cultural rights mandate since its creation and identifying priority issues for the next decade:

Letter: E | F | S
Questionnaire: E | F | S
Note Verbale: E | F | S

Responses from States
  1. Bulgaria
  2. Colombia 1-2
  3. Cyprus
  4. Greece 1-2
  5. Iraq
  6. Mauritius
  7. Morocco
  8. Norway 1-2
  9. Russian Federation
  10. Senegal
  11. Sweden

Responses from NHRIs

  1. Association Nationale de Promotion et de Protection des droits de l’homme (ANAPRODH)
  2. Comision Nacional de los Derechos Humanos de México 1-2
  3. Commisionado Nacional de los Dereches Humanos de Honduras (CONADEH)
  4. Commission on Human Rights of Philippine (CHRP)
  5. Defensoria del Pueblo de Argentina
  6. Defensoria del Pueblo de Colombia
  7. Defensoria del Pueblo de Venezuela
  8. National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria
  9. National Council for Human Rights of Egypt
  10. Procurador de los Derechos Humanos de Guatemala (PDH)

Responses from civil society stakeholders

  1. Agenda 2030 Feminista
  2. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB)
  3. AWID
  4. CEMAFORRE 1-2-3-4-5
  5. Centre for the Promotion and Defense of Sexual Reproductive Rights – PROMSEX
  6. Emek Shaveh
  7. European Bangladesh Forum
  8. Freemuse
  9. ICOMOS Norway
  10. IDC Cultura
  11. Institut Royal de la Culture Amazighe (IRCAM)
  12. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
  13. Muslims for Progressive values
  14. Nation of Yamassee Moors
  15. RASHID International
  16. The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI)
  17. Southall Black Sisters
  18. Treatment Action Group (TAG) 1-2

Responses from other stakeholders

  1. Marieme Helie-Lucas
  2. Ole Reitov
  3. Sarah Wyatt
  4. The Wroclaw Commentaries
  5. Culture Sector, UNESCO