Posted by: africanpressorganization | 12 November 2014

UN expert to assess cultural rights in Botswana


UN expert to assess cultural rights in Botswana


GENEVA, Switzerland, November 12, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — United Nations Special Rapporteur Farida Shaheed will visit Botswana from 14 to 26 November 2014 to assess the country’s efforts to enhance the right of all persons to participate in cultural life and to enjoy and access cultural heritage.


“I am eager to learn how the country understands the realization of cultural rights in relation to its policies, specially in the areas of education and tourism,” said the independent expert tasked by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report and advise in the field of cultural rights in all countries.


“I will also assess policies developed to ensure the right of people to enjoy the arts, to freedom of artistic expression and creativity and to manifest their culture”, Ms. Shaheed said.


During her thirteen-day visit, the Special Rapporteur will meet with a number of actors in the cultural field, including State authorities, at the national as well as local levels. She will also meet with civil society organizations to discuss good practices and challenges concerning the enjoyment by all of the right to access and enjoy cultural heritage.


Regarding the issue of participation in the identification, classification and stewardship of cultural heritage, the independent expert said she was particularly eager to visit the two Botswana sites that have been inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO, the Tsodilo Hills and the Okavango Delta.


Ms. Shaheed, who is carrying out this country visit at the invitation of the Government, will visit Gaborone, Maun, Ghanzi / Dkar, and Shakawe.


The Special Rapporteur will host a press conference in Gaborone, on Wednesday 26 November 2014 at 14:30 pm, at the UN conference room of the 3rd Floor (UN Building, Government Enclave, Corner Khama Crescent & President’s Drive, Gaborone), to share her preliminary conclusions and observations on the visit.



United Nations – Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


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