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New report: Religious extremism disastrous to music in Pakistan
Since 2001, 12 women have been reportedly killed because of their direct involvement in music in North Western Pakistan. Approximately 600 musicians suffered due to the closure of Dabgari Bazar during the MMA government. Around 50 Sufi shrines have been reportedly attacked and an estimated 150 attacks on CD shops and music centres have left an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 shops and centres destroyed.
These are the tragic facts published today in ‘Music and Militancy in North Western Pakistan (2001-2014)’ by Center for Peace and Cultural Studies (CPCS), Peshawar, in collaboration with Freemuse. Read the report
Singer and musician Lapiro de Mbanga from Cameroon – the “unceremonial sheriff of the backyards” – has died, 56 years old. Lapiro de Mbanga was a musical “freedom fighter” who articulated the daily injustices he witnessed in his songs – and was punished hard for his right to express them. On 16 March 2014, Lapiro de Mbanga died of cancer in USA, the country which gave him asylum in 2012 at a time when he had to leave Cameroon under dramatic circumstances. Read more
Freemuse submits two UPR reports to the United Nations
Freemuse has submitted two UPR reports on Egypt and Iran to the UN. The submission on censorship in Egypt is historic. It is the first ever UPR submission, which focus entirely on restrictions on artistic freedom The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the Human Rights Council in the United Nations which aims at improving the human rights situation on the ground of each of the 193 United Nations member states. It is the first time Freemuse submits country reports to the UN.
Egypt should abolish prior censorship
The Egypt submission is made jointly by Freemuse and AFTE, an Egyptian based freedom of expression organisation. The submission is based on a joint study on censorship legislations in Egypt and recommends Egypt to abolish prior censorship and allow artists to organise freely. Read the Egypt UPR submission
Iran discriminates women artists
The Freemuse submission on Iran includes documentation on legislative discrimination against women artists and how censorship, and the lengthy application process that must be negotiated in order to perform music in public, is stopping Iranian music from evolving. Read the Iran UPR submission
Again this year, Music Freedom Day was a fantastic event with participating musicians, radio broadcasters and human rights activists in nearly 20 different countries highlighting the importance of artists’ rights to freedom of expression. NOW is the time to begin planning for Music Freedom Day on 3 March 2015. Join the event