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UN expert to assess cultural rights in Cyprus

United Nations Special Rapporteur Karima Bennoune

United Nations Special Rapporteur Karima Bennoune will visit Cyprus from May 24 to June 2 to assess the country’s efforts to enhance the right of all persons to participate in cultural life and to enjoy and access cultural heritage.

“I am eager to learn how Cyprus understands the realization of cultural rights and endeavours to implement them through its policies, especially in the areas of access and enjoyment of cultural heritage,” said the independent expert tasked by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report and advise in the field of cultural rights in all countries.

“I will also assess policies developed to ensure the right by all people irrespective of their group affiliation, including people of mixed identities and migrants, to enjoy their cultural rights, express their historical narratives and interpretation of their own cultural heritage and manifest their culture,” Bennoune noted.

During her ten-day visit, the expert will meet with state authorities, at the national as well as local levels, as well as a wide range of stakeholders working in the fields of cultural policies, cultural heritage and cultural rights, including academics and institutions. She will also meet with civil society organizations and relevant UN and regional organisations actors to discuss good practices and challenges concerning the enjoyment by all of the right to access and enjoy cultural heritage.

Bennoune, who is carrying out the country visit at the invitation of the government, plans to travel all over the island to learn of varied perspectives, experiences and initiatives and develop a holistic understanding of cultural rights in Cyprus.

The Special Rapporteur will present a comprehensive report to the UN Human Rights Council at its 34th session, in March 2017.


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