UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and Freemuse’s Webinar: Human rights, art and protest: Voice and expression in U.S. minority communities in the time of the pandemic

29 January 2021
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Join the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and Freemuse for a peer-to-peer webinar on


The COVID-19 pandemic has a broad range of disproportionate and adverse impacts upon minorities and other groups, with some groups suffering death rates several times higher than others during the pandemic.

Peer-to-peer conversation concerned the actionable steps and narratives of resilience related to the COVID-19 pandemic, art, and protest related to the fight for civil and human rights. This webinar focused on the intersections between art, dance, and protest in Black, Afro-Latinx, Latinx, Caribbean and Roma communities in the United States.

The webinar aimed to examine the nexus between visual, performing, and other arts, tangible and intangible cultural production, human rights of minority communities, and the evolving impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on these.

This webinar:

  • Provided actionable steps and multinational, multi-lateral conversations that lead to a deeper understanding of topics.
  • Shared ways people can empower themselves and their communities due to the social, health, and economic consequences of COVID-19 to diverse communities.
  • Helped advance dance and music as universal languages in discussions about human rights.
  • Amplified minority and artistic voices on OHCHR social media and online platforms.
  • Advanced peer-to-peer approaches to strengthening human rights, including in contexts of structural or systemic discrimination, stigma, and exclusion.


The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights, is the leading UN entity on human rights. We represent the world’s commitment to the promotion and protection of the full range of human rights and freedoms set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Freemuse ( is an independent international non-governmental organisation advocating for freedom of artistic expression and cultural diversity. Freemuse has United Nations Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC) and Consultative Status with UNESCO. Freemuse operates within an international human rights and legal framework which upholds the principles of accountability, participation, equality, non-discrimination and cultural diversity.

The webinar aims at shifting the discussion among and between communities, individuals, as well as to deepen OHCHR and the UN system’s engagement with art and artists as a powerful player in discourse and action on human rights. Discussion included examining intersectional aspects and use of peer-to-peer methodologies.



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