Facing up to the Global Avalanche of Hate: The impact of fundamentalism and extremism on cultural rights


Room XVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

A discussion of the report by the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights.

In her second report to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/34/56), the Special Rapporteur considers how the rise of fundamentalism and extremism, in diverse forms, represents major threats to human rights worldwide and a growing challenge that must be faced with urgency, using a human rights approach. The report maps how such threats gravely undermine the enjoyment of cultural rights and stresses the centrality of cultural rights in combating them.

The event is hosted by the UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, Freemuse, Muslims for Progressive Values, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), and the Centre for Inquiry.

Speakers will include

  • Ms Karima Bennoune (Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights)
  • Mr Magnus Ag (Freemuse)
  • Ms Samia Benkherroubi (Fonds for les femmes en Méditerranée)
  • Dr Chetan Bhatt (Director, Human Rights Studies Centre, London School of Economics)
  • Ms Alejandra Sarda-Chandiramani (Director of Programs, Association for Women’s Rights in Development)

The discussion will be moderated by Ms Ani Zonneveld (Muslims for Progressive Values).

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