The right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity

Farida Shaheed hat einen UN-Bericht über die Entwicklungen rund um den Schutz künstlerischer Freiheit und Recht auf Kultur zusammengestellt.

Farida Shaheed hat einen UN-Bericht über die Entwicklungen rund um den Schutz künstlerischer Freiheit und Recht auf Kultur zusammengestellt.

The Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Ms. Farida Shaheed, submits the present report in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 19/6. In this report, the Special Rapporteur addresses the multi-faceted ways in which the right to the freedom indispensable for artistic expression and creativity may be curtailed.

She reflects upon the growing worldwide concern that artistic voices have been or are being silenced by various means and in different ways.
This report addresses laws and regulations restricting artistic freedoms as well as economic and financial issues significantly impacting on such freedoms.The underlying motivations are most often political, religious, cultural or moral, or lie in economic interests, or are a combination of those.

The Special Rapporteur encourages States to critically review their legislation and practices imposing restrictions on the right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity, taking into consideration their obligations to respect, protect and fulfil this right. The Special Rapporteur notes that more discussion is urgently needed in several areas that she has considered.

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