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Artistic Freedom?

Call to Contribute to the Work of the UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights!

In 2009 the Human Rights Council, through Resolution 10/23, decided to establish, for a period of three years, a new special procedure entitled "independent expert in the field of cultural rights". The mandate was extended in 2012 for a period of three years, conferring to the current mandate holder, Farida Shaheed, the status of Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights (Resolution 19/6).

The Special Rapporteur's annual report to the Human Rights Council, to be presented in June 2013, will be devoted to the issue of The Right to Artistic Freedom. To this effect, a questionnaire was sent to all stakeholders along with an invitation to take part in a public consultation to be held in Paris on 6 December 2012.

You are invited to complete the questionnaire, available in English, French and Spanish, and circulate it broadly in your networks. Even if you cannot complete the whole questionnaire, you are encouraged to fill it in - it will certainly be very interesting to make the voice of the civil society heard.

Contact: Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, c/o OHCHR-UNOG, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland; tel.: (41-22) 917 92 54; fax: (+41-22) 917 90 06; e-mail: srculturalrights@ohchr.org; www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/CulturalRights/Pages/ArtisticFreedom.aspx