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Universal Periodic Review

A central part of Freemuse’s advocacy is the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review process, which is the UN system’s official mechanism for reviewing all member states’ human rights records in cycles of four-and-a-half years. Freemuse contributes to this process by submitting stakeholder reports with local partners on their country, highlighting restrictions on artistic freedom within the legal system and in practice and offering recommendations to increase artistic freedom.

Freemuse, PEN Català and PEN International’s joint UPR report on Spain

Freemuse, PEN Català and PEN International welcome the opportunity to contribute to the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Spain.

Freemuse, PEN Català and PEN International’s joint UPR report on Spain

Artists in Spain increasingly subject to various limitations on their expressions: UPR report

Artists in Spain are increasingly subject to various limitations on their expressions, especially through censorship, detention, and imprisonment.

Artists in Spain increasingly subject to various limitations on their expressions: UPR report

The Platform for Independent Journalism and Freemuse’s joint UPR on Turkey

The Platform for Independent Journalism and Freemuse calls on Turkey to comply with international human rights instruments on freedom of expression.

The Platform for Independent Journalism and Freemuse’s joint UPR on Turkey

Political tensions and anti-terrorism legislation restricting artistic freedom in Turkey: UPR report

The unprecedented crackdown on the right to freedom of expression for artists is a prominent feature of Turkey’s human rights record.

Political tensions and anti-terrorism legislation restricting artistic freedom in Turkey: UPR report

Freedom of expression under threat in Turkey: Joint stakeholder UPR report

Joint Turkey UPR by Freemuse and partners for consideration at the 35th Session of the Working Group in January 2020.

Freedom of expression under threat in Turkey: Joint stakeholder UPR report

Legal restrictions and threat of deadly violence curb artistic freedom in Bangladesh: UPR Report

The literary and artistic community in Bangladesh face significant restrictions in exercising their right to freedom of expression according to new re [...]

Legal restrictions and threat of deadly violence curb artistic freedom in Bangladesh: UPR Report

State and non-state actors threaten artists in Pakistan: UPR report

Broad definitions & unclear procedures in many laws regulating artistic expression enable the arbitrary & abusive interpretation and applicati [...]

State and non-state actors threaten artists in Pakistan: UPR report

Police, drug law and non-state actors pose threat to artistic freedom in Tunisia

Artists, often rappers, are exposed to threats, assaults, prosecution and imprisonment by Tunisian authorities, terrorist groups and other non-state a [...]

Police, drug law and non-state actors pose threat to artistic freedom in Tunisia

Moroccan artists persecuted, imprisoned when crossing red lines: UPR report

Morocco should replace unclear and vague provisions in the Penal Code and decriminalize the so-called “red line” offenses, according to a new join [...]

Moroccan artists persecuted, imprisoned when crossing red lines: UPR report

Artistic freedom in Zimbabwe: Joint stakeholder report submitted to the UN

Zimbabwe should abolish its Censorship Act and any prior-censorship bodies or systems, according to a joint stakeholder submission to the UN’s Unive [...]

Artistic freedom in Zimbabwe: Joint stakeholder report submitted to the UN

Freemuse and PEN submit joint report about Lebanon to UN

PEN International in collaboration with Freemuse and PEN Lebanon have submitted a joint report to the Working Group on the UPR for Lebanon, with a spe [...]

Freemuse and PEN submit joint report about Lebanon to UN

Turkey: Government reported to the UN Council on Human Rights

Artists, activists and journalists respond to Turkey’s presentation to the UN Council on Human Rights Universal Periodic Review.

Turkey: Government reported to the UN Council on Human Rights
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