Category Archives: worldwide

New UN-Reports on Cultural Rights

The 2020 reports of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, to the Human Rights Council have been published. The Special Rapporteur will be presenting these reports to the Council on Tuesday, 3 March, tentatively at 16:00, Geneva time. The presentation will be available as live-webcast at the UN- website.

Cultural rights defenders – Report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights

Assorted Country reports and special reports (conflict and post-conflict situations and communications with governments) are available on the website of the 43rd session of the HRC (scroll down to A/HRC/43/50/Add.1  ff)

Source: SR Cultural Rights OHCHR  mailout 02/25/2020

UNESCO Study: Being an Artist in 2019

The new UNESCO study “Culture & Working Conditions for Artists” uncovers persisting and emerging challenges artists and cultural professionals face and examines how countries around the world are addressing these issues through policymaking. The study is based on a quadrennial global survey conducted in 2018 on the impact of the Recommendation concerning the Status of the Artist, designed to track developments and identify emerging trends related to the status of the artist: over 90 responses from UNESCO Member States and non-governmental organizations, such as ITI, were received.

Source: unesco.org,  download the study here

Study on Temporary Shelter and Relocation Initiatives

In the study “Temporary Shelter and Relocation Initiatives: Perspectives of Managers and Participants” commissioned by the Martin Roth Initiative (Germany), international shelter programmes are analysed from different perspectives, various models for relocation are presented, impacts and challenges are examined. The research is based on qualitative interviews and focuses on security, health, visa procurement, return opportunities, networks and financing.

The full study as well as an executive summary can be downloaded at the MRI website.

Freemuse: The State of Artistic Freedom. Report 2018

The State of Artistic Freedom 2019 report was launched on March 26 and informs about 673 cases of violations of artistic freedom that occurred in different cultural spheres in 80 countries throughout 2018.  The 2018 report had 553 cases of artistic freedom violations in 78 countries. Growing: violating freedom of artistic expression by counter-terrorism legislation. 19 artist were imprisoned and 10 were detained under the guise of counter-terrorism. Freemuse’s research concludes that nine countries (Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Nicaragua, Russia, Spain, Turkey and the United States) are found to have used anti-terrorism and ant-extremism legislation and measures against artists in 2018.

Source: Freemuse

Human Rights Watch World Report 2019

The 29th annual report summarizes key human rights issues in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2017 through November 2018.

The 674-page book reflects extensive investigative and advocacy work that Human Rights Watch staff undertook in 2018, usually in close partnership with human rights activists and groups in the country in question.  All countries are listed separate, except collected listed United Arab Emirates and European Union. The report can be downloaded for free or searched by country at the website.