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Tuesday, May 12 • 11:00 - 12:30
4B: Defending Artistic Expression
Limited Capacity seats available

Artists play a critical role in all societies, exercising freedom of expression in its most direct form to exchange ideas, transmit culture, inspire, pose questions, give a voice to the voiceless and challenge existing powers.  In this session, with artists who fled persecution and fought censorship, we will examine the legal protections for art as a form of expression; and outline States’ obligations and civil society strategies to promote and protect it.

Resource Materials:

  1. Report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed to the UN Human Rights Council: The Right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity (A/HRC/23/34)
  2. UN Human Rights Council Resolution 27/31 (A/HRC/RES/27/31)


Zach Lampell

Legal Advisor, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
Zach Lampell is a Legal Advisor focusing on the freedom of expression at the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law (ICNL). He implements and provides technical legal assistance to civil society organizations and governments around the world seeking to improve laws governing... Read More →

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Dan Aceda

Founder and CEO, Tama Media Group
Dan Aceda is a Kenyan Singer Songwriter known for his penchant for sweet melody and unique storytelling. He has produced three studio albums and has played at concerts all over the world including in the US and Europe, East Africa, Malawi and more. He is the Founder and CEO of The... Read More →
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Natalia Kaliada

Founding Co-Artistic Director, Belarus Free Theatre
Natalia Kaliada is the founding Co-Artistic Director of the Belarus Free Theatre as well as a writer, human rights campaigner and producer and is one of the most outspoken critics of Belarus’s repressive regime. She is also the co-creator, together with Nicolai Khalezin and Vladimir... Read More →
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Dzmitry Vaitsiushkevic

Leader and Artistic Director, WZ-Orkiestra (East-West Orchestra)
Dzmitry Vaitsiushkevic, a Belarusian musician, is on the "blacklist" of artists in Belarus, an unofficial list of artists who are banned from renting space for performances or speaking at schools and on the television and radio. In practice, this serves as a ban on creative activities... Read More →
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Political cartoonist
Zunar is a Malaysian political cartoonist. Equipped with the slogan "How Can I be Neutral, Even My Pen Has a Stand," he uses his drawing pen as a weapon to fight state corruption and abuse of power. Throughout his career, Zunar has been attacked by the police and the Home Ministry... Read More →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Room C3 Clarion Sign Hotel