Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights submits second report, calls for contributions for a study on fundamentalism and cultural rights

In her second report to the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights considers how the rise of fundamentalism and extremism threatens the enjoyment of human rights worldwide. She argues that cultural rights can play a key role in combating fundamentalism and extremism and argued against State austerity measures that often affect only education and culture. Special note was made of the systematic international efforts to thwart the rights of women and queer persons – be it through organized religions or ultranationalists.

She has indicated her intention to study this issue further for her upcoming report to the General Assembly, and aims to focus on the cultural rights of women. All stakeholders have been invited to submit their contributions.