The special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Ms. Karima Bennoune, intends to devote her next thematic report to the Intentional destruction of cultural heritage and would like to invite of relevant actors to send contributions to inform her report. The consultation aims to assess the intentional destruction of cultural heritage as a violation of human rights and its impact on the exercise of the rights to enjoy and access cultural heritage, to access, contribute to and enjoy the arts and to participate in cultural life.
Submission of maximum 2’500 words should be submitted no later than 10 June 2016.
Source and details: UNHCHR
“From Sunday 17th (arrival) to Sunday 24th (departure) of April let’s all go to Lesvos island.”
ITI worldwide supports the Global Call from the Cyprus actor and director Apostolis Apostolides for actors to take action for the refugees on Lesvos island: by volunteering and assisting the local NGOs and by rehearsing and performing THE TEMPEST at Shakespeare’s 400th birthday on April 23rd.
In 2015, the annual report from Freemuse registered 469 cases of censorship and attacks on artists and violations of their rights in over 70 countries, nearly doubling the number of cases from 2014 with a 98% increase from the year previous.
Source: Freemuse, download the full report (pdf, 46 pages)
UNESCO publishes the first Global Report on the monitoring of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Diversity of Cultural Expressions. ‘RE | SHAPING CULTURAL POLICIES’ provides in-depth analysis of current trends, advances and challenges faced by all relevant policy actors – with examples of innovative policies and measures that address contemporary issues including: transnational mobility, artistic freedom, access to international marketplaces, the digital environment.
Full versions are available in English and French, summaries also in Spanish at the UNESCO website
From 18-30 April, Syrian musicians alongside more than two hundred international musicians, visual and performing artists, cultural activists, philosophers and other European, American and Middle Eastern intellectuals will join in the Global Week for Syria, a multi-disciplinary call for peace and reconciliation in Syria. Events are planned in Beirut (LB), Amsterdam and The Hague (NL), Paris (FR), Madrid (SP), Vienna (AT) and Prague (CZ).
Freemuse registered a total number of 237 attacks and violations against artistic freedom. The violations range from killings and abductions to attacks, threats, prosecutions, detentions, imprisonments and censorship. The statistics are only the tip of the iceberg since many violations are never made public . Included are attacks on authors, musicians, film makers, visual and theatre artists but not journalists.