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UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and Freemuse’s Webinar: Speaking Truth to Power: Religious or Belief Minority Artists, Voice and Protest, 26 May 2021

17 May 2021

 

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and Freemuse a peer-to-peer webinar “Speaking Truth to Power: Religious or Belief Minority Artists, Voice and Protest” was held on 26 May 2021 at 14.00 – 16.00 CEST. 

On the occasion of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2021, the webinar convenes artists from religious or belief minorities worldwide to present their work on freedom of artistic expression, often in contexts of pressure or threat.

Read Freemuse’s briefing on the topic here: Suppressing artistic expression through blasphemy laws 

Read Freemuse’s briefing on the topic here: Suppressing artistic expression through blasphemy laws 

Background

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights, www.ohchr.org) 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 (www.freemuse.org) 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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