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UNESCO has worked to define cultural rights in terms of the rights of creators and transmitters of culture, the rights of the people at large to contribute to and participate in cultural life, and the right of peoples to cultural identity. Although human rights literature often includes the word cultural in the established phrase economic, social and cultural rights, it most often does so without addressing cultural rights at all. In an international diplomatic context, governments that are members of UN bodies may not necessarily want to speak of cultural rights in their own or other states unless they are ready to also talk of cultural wrongs, i.e., those customs and prejudices that in fact violate human rights. Respect for and promotion of cultural rights is also closely linked to peace in many parts of the world when it comes to minorities and indigenous peoples.

Keywords: cultural life; cultural rights; human rights; indigenous peoples; UN bodies; UNESCO



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