useful links and sources

updated March 21, 2024


IHRDAUNESCO Convention for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Has your country signed the Convention?

Your country’s official quadrennial periodic reports on the implementation of the Convention

IFCCD International Federation of Coalitions for Cultural Diversity

Required form (PDF) to submit cases to the UN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights

UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Human Rights Watch

FRA  is the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Artists At Risk, founded 2013 by Perpetuum Mobile, is a non-profit association registered in Finland and mondial network to assist, relocate and fund artists who are at risk of persecution or oppression, or are fleeing war or terror.

Artists at Risk Connection (ARC), startet in 2017, as a program by PEN America. ARC aims to be a global hub to assist imperiled artists and fortify the field of organizations that support them. is the European Union Human Rights Defenders mechanism, established to protect defenders at high risk by providing emergency support and temporary relocation. Led by a Consortium of 12 NGOs active in the field of Human Rights.

The Observatory is a twitter based project joint monitoring project of OMTC (World Organisation against Torture) and  FIDH (International Federation of Human Rights) freeDimensional (project closed 2015) advances social justice by hosting activists in art spaces and using cultural resources to strengthen their work. See also their tactival notebook on Arts Spaces Hosting Activism

Martin Roth Initiative a joint project by the German ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) and the Goethe-Institut. In close collaboration with a network of both national and international (cultural) institutions the initiative promotes and supports endangered artists with scholarships up to 24 months in Germany or third countries

Creative Resistance Fund provides small distress grants to people in danger due to their artistic expression independent international organisation advocating for and defending freedom of artistic expression

Artists Rights Justice is an independent cross-sector working group (arts and human rights) representing over 30 EU and international associations, NGOs and networks from arts, free speech and human rights sectors, ARJ has published a training and resources toolkit on artists rights and a companion with case studies.

Run by the Swedish ITI centre, the Proud Performing Arts network aims to empower, encourage and elevate performing arts with a LGBTQ+ perspective and artists working with the matter.

Another useful toolkit is the Online Privacy Guide for Journalists, published at

IFEX International Freedom of Expression Exchange

on the move the Culture mobility information network

The Manifesto Club campaigns: “…against the hyperregulation of everyday life. We support free movement across borders, free expression and free association.

Claiming Human Rights: Guide to international procedures available in cases of human rights violations in Africa refers to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – freedom of expression and information. Multilingual information and campaigning platform.

Index on Censorship combines reporting and monitoring from around the world to expose and raise awareness of attacks on free speech

New Tactics in Human rights helps human rights defenders with a range of online materials (in 24  languages!), training and mentoring

National Coalition Against Censorship, founded 1973,  is an alliance of more than 50 U.S.- non-profits, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups

ICORN, the International Cities of Refugee Network, offers since 2014 in more than 50 cities safe residencies for writers, translators, artists and journalists at risk. The website offers an application guide for writers and artistsas well as a cities’ guide to ICORN membership. ICORN maintains as well a link list to resources and opportunities within the network and beyond, sorted by categories like art of hosting, guides and advice for writers/artists and applicants, digital security, mobility and arts rights.

Mapping media freedom is an interactive map which identifies threats, violations and limitations faced by members of the press throughout European Union member states, candidates for entry and neighbouring countries. Run by Index on Censorship, European Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders. is an international volunteer network that provides case management and information services for artists, culture workers and communicators facing risk or danger as a result of their work empowering communities and speaking truth to power.

Krytyka Polityczna is the largest Central and Eastern European liberal network of institutions and activists.

Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) is a three-year pilot program at PEN America, started in 2017. ARC is a first-of-its kind global hub aimed to assist imperiled artists and fortify the field of organizations that support them.

Agency of Artists in Exile, the Paris based aae works to identify artists in exile from all origins and disciplines, accompanies them according to their situations and their needs, provides them with workspaces and puts them in contact with professionals (French and European network)

Human rights 360 belongs to The WorldNews (WN) Network which offers a broad range of media content from a varied and extensive range of sources.

IARA (International Arts Rights Advisors) is a collective of arts and human rights experts, offering strategy consulting, training, research and reporting, connecting and mapping, as well as assistance with international and national convenings.

IHRDA is the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, which offers pro bono legal counsel to victims of human rights abuses in Africa and conducts educational training and workshops, and the Artist Protection Fund (APF) at IIE, which issues fellowship grants to threatened artists, providing lifesaving relief and safe haven that allows artists to continue their work and plan for their futures.

HURIDOCS based in Geneva, is an NGO that since 1982 supports human rights defenders use information technologies and documentation methods to organize and present data about violations.

Based at the University of Hildesheim/Department of Cultural Policy ARTS RIGHTS JUSTICE LIBRARY aims to collect, create access to and disseminate documents related to the promotion and protection of artistic freedom around the globe.

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