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Report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cultures and cultural rights


Published
4 February 2021
Author
Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
Presented
To the Human Rights Council in its 46th session, February-March 2021

Summary

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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.

Read the 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

Methodology

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 this page.

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: English, Français and 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

Academics and individuals



Special Procedures
Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights
Recent thematic reports
Issues in Focus
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Karima Bennoune, Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
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E-mail: srculturalrights@ohchr.org

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