United Nations Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, Karima Bennoune is set to arrive in the Maldives on June 9th to assess efforts to implement cultural rights in the Maldives.
This is the first time since 2013 that a UN special rapporteur is visiting the Maldives and also the first time altogether that rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights is visiting a South Asian country.
Karima Bennoune stated that she aims to understand the scope of Maldivian cultural rights and learn the steps taken by the constitution to implement the rights through laws and policies. She’ll also verify how these laws and policies respect the human rights under which the framework for cultural rights lie and how it entertains cultural diversity and cultural expression.
She will further investigate the challenges faced by people due to fundamentalism and extremism in conducting cultural activities in public places and entertaining cultural rights, as set by international standards.
Furthermore, steps taken by the constitution to minimize the impact of climate change on cultures and cultural heritage will also be reviewed by Karima.
She will visit, multiple islands and meet central and local authorities as well as people and institutions working in the field of culture. She is to continue her assessment until the 18th of June.
Karima Bennoune was appointed as a UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights in October of 2015.