Presentation of the UN Report, “The Right to Freedom of Artistic Expression and Creation” by Farida Shaheed

The presentation of this report, coordinated by the EU Working Group on Arts and Human Rights (ARJ)*, was with its author, Mme Farida Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, on 2nd of October 2013 in Brussels (Belgium) at the European Parliament. 

The United Nations established the UN Special Rapporteur in 2009. Ms. Farida Shaheed’s UN Special Report was formally presented to the UN on 31st May 2013. The ARJ group invited  members of the European Parliament and the European Commission, selected foundations, NGOs, artists and experts to join in the October discussion in Brussels. Besides the presentation and the discussions, selected videos related to the issue were presented.

"Freedom of expression is the cornerstone for protecting artists. States that inhibit freedom of expression often curtail other related human rights: freedom of association, freedom of assembly or the right to gather with others, freedom of association or the right to join unions or professional associations, freedom of movement or the right to travel in and outside the country, the right to access information, the right to defend a cultural identity". (extract from the ARJ's statement)

Find the UN Report, “The Right to Freedom of Artistic Expression and Creation” online. (& en français)

Find the list of the members of ARJ group here (including the list of supporters of this event).

Read the recommendations by the ARJ group in English and French.

Find the videos selected for this presentation. 


On the Move contributed to this event as a member of the ARJ group/Access to Culture platform.

*The Working Group on Arts, Human Rights and Social Justice (ARJ) was created in February 2012 as a Working Group of the civil society dialogue platform, “Access to Culture”, with a mandate to make policy recommendations to the EC and the EU’s Member States, and to highlight new trends pertinent to their policy making.  It comprises 18 European or international cultural or human rights associations, NGOs and networks.