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Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights


Karima Bennoune, Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rightsThe Human Rights Council, through resolution 10/23 decided to establish, for a period of three years, a new special procedure entitled “independent expert in the field of cultural rights”.

This mandate was further extended for a period of three years in 2015, through resolution 28/9 of 10 April, and in 2018, through resolution 37/12 of 22 March.

More information on the mandate.

Current question in focus: cultural rights defenders

Cultural rights defenders – human rights defenders who defend cultural rights in accordance with international standards – are an important constituency among human rights defenders. Their work in every region of the world is essential for the implementation of an integral part of the universal human rights framework: cultural rights. 

The aim of the present report (A/HRC/43/50) is to raise awareness about the work of cultural rights defenders, with a view to enhancing the attention and assistance they receive. The report includes a definition of cultural rights defenders; an overview of the diverse human rights work they engage in; discussion of the challenges and risks they face and of the international legal framework protecting and enabling their work; and specific recommendations for better recognizing, defending and supporting them.

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Joint questionnaire on COVID-19 and human rights
Deadline: 19 June 2020

Intervention by the Special Rapporteur in the round table “Imagine the tomorrow”, thematic session on “the cultural mobilization in the COVID19 pandemic”, organised in the framework of the Live Learning Experience: Beyond the Immediate Response to the Outbreak by UCLG, UN Habitat and metropolis, 22 April 2020.
Final statement by the CULTURE2030GOAL campaign

Call for inputs for a report: Cultural rights and climate change

Cultural rights defenders: the latest report to the HRC

Official visit to Tuvalu, 18 to 24 September 2019, end of mission press release and statement

Latest report to the UN GA: The importance of public spaces for the exercise of cultural Rights

HRC adopts resolution 37/17 on cultural rights and the protection of cultural heritage


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Special Rapporteurs

Ms. Karima Bennoune
Since 2015

Ms. Farida Shaheed

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