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This section presents preface to the book Cultural Human Rights, which seeks to analyse the different strains of international practice and to assess the impact that they are having on the development of a coherent category of cultural human rights. The Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights pays little attention to cultural rights, reserving only two articles to this category, Articles 13 and 15, which cover the right to education, rights of artists and other creative authors, and the right to take part in cultural life. In spite of this paucity of specific human rights provisions, culture and the claim to specific forms of cultural protection and promotion are increasingly occupying centre stage in contemporary international law. Religion is playing an ever more important role in contemporary societies and is having a direct impact on fundamental freedoms and human rights.

Keywords: cultural human rights; international law; religion; right to education; rights of artists



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