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News Posted on February 24, 2017

Professor Bennoune Presents New Report to United Nations

Professor Karima Bennoune submitted her second report as Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights to the United Nations Human Rights Council.  She will present the report to the Council on March 2 in Geneva. The full text is available here.

The report addresses fundamentalism and extremism and their impacts on the enjoyment of cultural rights, including the right to freedom of artistic expression and the right to take part in cultural life without discrimination. Bennoune stresses that these are human rights issues requiring a human rights-based response and argues that cultural rights can play a key role in combating fundamentalism and extremism.

“Fundamentalism and extremism are human rights issues. It is critical to focus not only on the security implications thereof, but also on their impact on a broad range of rights, including cultural rights, and to take a human rights approach to addressing them,” writes Bennoune.

King Hall students Reema Pangarkar ’18 and Juli King ’18 will accompany Professor Bennoune to the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting. Last year, Erika Budrovich ’18 accompanied Professor Karima Bennoune as she presented her first report to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.