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Freemuse at WOMEX, 28-30 October 2021, Porto, Portugal

21 September 2021

  Freemuse will participate in WOMEX this year with a session “Artists ad Terrorists? The Global Threat of Anti-terror Legislation to Artistic Freedom” presented during the conference. Paige Collings, Freemuse Global Advocacy and Campaigns Coordinator will chair this session with Jasmina Lazović, Freemuse Programme Coordinator – Global Monitoring and Yalda …

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Freemuse stands in solidarity with artists and cultural actors in Afghanistan

8 September 2021

Artwork by Shamsia Hassani. Licensed: CC BY-SA 4.0. On 15 August 2021, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan and occupied the Presidential Palace in the Afghan capital of Kabul. Four days later, they declared the creation of the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’.   In the wake of this change of the political regime, members of the …

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Launch of Brainstorming Report: EU Voices of Culture

2 August 2021

Freemuse co-drafted a chapter on artistic freedom and freedom of expression for the report.  The Voices of Culture platform organised a two-day brainstorming session on 27-28 April 2021 on the ‘Status and Working Conditions for Artists, Cultural and Creative Professionals’. The brainstorming session included representatives from the cultural and creative …

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Freemuse and Nhimbe Trust submit UPR Report on Zimbabwe

21 July 2021

Freemuse and Nhimbe Trust have made a joint stakeholder submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Zimbabwe during the 40th session of the Working Group in January 2022.   The submission evaluates the implementation of recommendations made in the second cycle UPR and assesses the Zimbabwean authorities’ compliance with international human rights obligations as well …

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In solidarity with Palestinian artists and cultural actors

9 July 2021

  Freemuse welcomes the important contributions by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967 in his new report spotlighting the legal status of the settlements in accordance with the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Freemuse encourages the mandate to explore further developments of this topic pertaining to artistic freedom and creative expressions.  In May 2021, violence between Israel and Palestine culminated in …

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Freemuse at RightsCon 2021, 7-11 June 2021, Online

2 June 2021

  Freemuse will hold two sessions during RightsCon 2021. The session “Artists as Terrorists? The global threat of anti-terror legislation to artistic freedom” will focus on the negative impact that counterterror measures have on artistic expression. It aims to explore how civil society can work with governments and intergovernmental mechanisms …

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