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News Posted on March 7, 2017

Professor Bennoune, Accompanied by King Hall Students, Presents Report to United Nations

Professor Karima Bennoune, acting in her capacity as United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, gave the second report in what will be an ongoing series of presentations to the United Nations at the meeting of UN Human Rights Council on March 2 in Geneva.  Accompanying Professor Bennoune were King Hall students Juli King ’18 and Reema Pangarkar ’18.

In the report, which was the subject of a United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner press release, Bennoune expresses concerns over the normalization of fundamentalist and extremist ideology and rhetoric in numerous political and social contexts, and highlights how these ideologies have a common mindset based on intolerance.  Bennoune explains the grave impact of diverse fundamentalisms and extremisms in all regions on cultural rights, including freedom of artistic expression and the right to take part in cultural life without discrimination.

“We face a global avalanche of hate in the form of rising fundamentalism and extremism around the world,” Bennoune said. “This must be tackled with urgency, using a human rights approach. Culture and cultural rights are critical components of this response.”

In a joint statement, King and Pangarkar said “Accompanying Professor Bennoune to the UN Human Rights Council last week was a great experience for both of us, as we're both interested in international human rights and cultural rights. Being able to see the inner workings of the UN Human Rights Council provided us with an experience students do not get in academic courses."