Protecting our right to a cultural life: An evening with Karima Bennoune

At the invitation of the Point People (http://www.thepointpeople.com) Transition Tradition founder Sam Delbaere was delighted to join an intimate learning event on 17 July with Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, professor of international law at the University of California–Davis School of Law and author of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here.

Attendees spent the evening in deep learning and exchange on the question of what it means for us all to have the right to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

Karima talked about the progress being made, the challenges we face, and together the group explored how we can be part of ensuring this right is implemented for all – and how artists and cultural practitioners could help to interpret the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur for their communities.

“Embattled humanity, living in a world of extremists of all kinds, of proliferating cultural relativism and cultural excuses for human rights violations, a world threatened by catastrophic climate change which threatens human civilization, including cultural heritage, where hate is being normalized, inequalities are growing, public space is being privatized and where the impulse to censor thrives, desperately needs full implementation of its cultural rights and other universal human rights.”

 

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