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News Posted on January 20, 2017

Professor Bennoune Interviewed on Capital Public Radio's Insight

Professor Karima Bennoune appeared as a guest on the Capital Public Radio program Insight with Beth Ruyak on January 18 to talk about her work as United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights and to preview the talk she was scheduled to give the following day as part of a new lecture series at UC Davis.

As Special Rapporteur, Bennoune has focused on access to cultural heritage as a basic human right and has conducted fact-finding missions to Cyprus, Serbia, and Kosovo and issued reports on the those countries. Asked about the ongoing crisis in Syria, Professor Bennoune talked about the need to address both short- and long-term needs of the people there. “I look at it, as the Special Rapporteur on culture, in terms of the immediate, humanitarian needs first and foremost that must be met by the international community, but also, in terms of the long-term needs to rebuild and to reconstruct, and part of that reconstruction is about trying to save as much of the cultural heritage that is at risk as possible, as soon as possible.”

Karima Bennoune is an author, lecturer, teacher, and international law scholar. In 2014, she was awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for her book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight against Muslim Fundamentalism, now available in paperback from W.W. Norton & Company. In October 2015, she was appointed UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights.  She was recently presented with the 2016 Rights and Leadership Award by IANGEL, the International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law.