Hildesheim UNESCO Chair announces the launch of the ARTS RIGHTS JUSTICE PROGRAM 

It is vital that the rights of the artists and the protection of artistic freedom are recognised as an integral part of international human rights frameworks and that States deliver on their obligations to uphold them. ARTS RIGHTS JUSTICE PROGRAM’s aim is to strengthen and expand structures for the promotion and protection of artistic freedom. To this end, we seek to disseminate and professionalize skills, ensure the exchange of knowledge and build expertise on the subject.

The ARJ PROGRAM was developed in cooperation with 30 international expert institutions with the support of the German Foreign Office and the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN). Mary Ann DeVlieg and Julia Farrington of International Artists Rights Advisors (IARA) and Todd Lanier Lester act as consultants to the programme and it is further informed through exchange with specialist organisations such as FREEMUSE, PROTECT DEFENDERS and other agencies and actors.

© Clemens Heidrich
© Clemens Heidrich