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.

Visa denied for Congolese dancers

The premiere of the new creation Histoire(s) du Théâtre II by the Congolese choreographer/director Faustin Linyekula at the NTGent (Belgium), scheduled for February 21, has been canceled. Despite all efforts, the European borders remained closed for three Congolese dancers. Together with directors of the festivals and theatres which were booked for the upcoming tour, Faustin Linyekula (photo) and Milo Rau, artistic director NT Gent, have published an open letter: “Making international artistic cooperation impossible. Is this what we want?”

 

Croatian Case Studies in Eastern European Context

Darko Lukić is a theatre scholar, playwright and novelist. He hold the keynote on recent cases in Eastern Europe at the public symposium “The Challenges of Artistic Freedom” at the Maribor Festival, on October 23, 2018, organised by ACAR with the ITI centres of Slovenia and Germany.
You may read “Degenerate Art” 81 Years after Munich – Eastern European contemporary examples here.

Violent repression in Sudan

The Sudanese government acknowledged the death of 19 people during the nationwide peaceful protests s while Amnesty International reported that 37 people were killed since the 19 December. Also, hundreds were injured while dozens of opposition leaders are under arrest.  The opposition alliance Sudan Call, has urged the international community to stand in solidarity with the Sudanese people in their pursuit for democracy and condemn the violent repression of peaceful protests.

Via the independent theater community in Sudan we got a petition to stop the ethnic discriminatory targeting of Darfuri students. Sign the petition on change.org: United Nations: Stop the ethnic discriminatory targeting of Darfuri students by ruling NCP regime of Sudan

Sources: Sudan Tribune 31st December 2018, Al-Ahram weekly, Sudan Democracy First Group, Young people lead the resistance in Sudan at  Africa is a Country 

Recalling 3 demands on safety of artists to UNESCO

On behalf of civil society organisations Freemuse Executive Director Srirak Plipat spoke to the 12th Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) of the 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 11 December 2018.  See above also the film that UNESCO published, based on interviews made in Norway, Senegal and Indonesia, which was presented during a public debate on artistic freedom during the IGC meeting.

Srirat called on the IGC to:

  1. Prioritise the safety of artists and audiences, as attacks on artists and artistic freedom continue to rise.
  2. Urge state parties to use legal and policy measures to protect women, LGBTI and minority artists from attacks and violations of artistic freedom.
  3. Publicly recognise artists as human rights defenders and coordinate protection with existing international protection mechanisms.

Source: Freemuse