First Annual Report of the Independent Expert in the field of Cultural Rights

Farida Shaheed, Independent Expert in the field of Cultural Rights
Publication Date: 
March, 2010
Farida Shaheed, Independent expert in the field of cultural rights

In this first report to the Human Rights Council, the independent expert in the field of cultural rights develops preliminary views on the conceptual and legal framework of her mandate. Focusing on the challenges regarding the scope and content of cultural rights, she reviews the relevant existing provisions in United Nations human rights instruments, and develops her initial thoughts on the interaction among the principle of universality of human rights, the recognition and implementation of cultural rights and the need to respect cultural diversity (chap. II). Aware that many other United Nations mechanisms have received mandates which relate to cultural rights, the independent expert has committed to coordinating with other mechanisms (chap. III). The independent expert has also selected a list of priority issues she proposes to address. These issues relate to two main topics: (a) cultural rights, globalization of exchanges and of information, and development processes; and (b) participation, access and contribution to cultural life, without any discrimination (chap. IV).

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To download the video of Ms. Shaheed's concluding remarks to the UN Human Rights Council, click

You can also watch the entire proceedings including responses to her report