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Reports for download


Cultural Rights Manual 

by Ole Reitov and Helle Porsdam 

Many cultural professionals, decision-makers, authorities, activists, and citizens in the world lack basic knowledge of cultural rights. But cultural rights are part of our universal human rights, and their definition is broad: they include the right to education, the right to participate in cultural life, the right to benefit from scientific progress and its applications, and the rights of authors. 

I wrote the main part of this manual for the New Democracy Fund in cooperation with the Danish Cultural Institute to intensify the focus on what cultural rights are and how they can be used. 

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ARTS. Protecting and Promoting Artistic Freedom

by Sara Whyatt and Ole Reitov


Conflicts over artistic expression frequently stem from tensions within societies, which are based on opposing political, social or religious views and traditions. Some of these conflicts spread beyond the local context. In a globalized world, with the worldwide use of social media and the spread of trolling and ‘fake news’, such controversies are easily broadcast from one corner of the world to another.

Using examples from all over the world, the study describes the complexity of challenges to artistic freedom

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UNESCO GLOBAL REPORT: Re|shaping cultural policies: a decade promoting the diversity of cultural expressions for development 

Chapter on artistic freedom by Ole Reitov

This Report presents the work of fourteen independent experts, as well as the Secretary of the Convention and the Principal Editor, who have analysed the implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

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