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The Right to Participate in Cultural Life in International Instruments and Practice

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This chapter provides an overview of international standards regarding the right to participate in cultural life as well as the practice of relevant international bodies and mechanisms in terms of cultural rights. The right to participate in cultural life is boldly enshrined in article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A comprehensive review of human rights treaty bodies since the time of their inception in general reveals inadequate attention to cultural rights, with some exceptions. The General Assembly resolution boldly calls on the High Commissioner to promote and protect all human rights. One of the results of the approach that UNESCO follows is that it produces too many international instruments too fast, without them necessarily having gone through the kind of preparation and collection of views required for a standard-setting text of universal character.

Keywords: cultural life; cultural rights; General Assembly resolution; human rights treaty bodies; international instruments; right to participate; UNESCO; Universal Declaration of Human Rights



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