Cultural diversity

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Débat aux Nations Unies sur les droits économiques, sociaux et culturels

Commission des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies, le 31 mars 2004 – 2004/03/31

At the United Nations Commission on Human Rights general debate on economic, social, and cultural rights, nearly 50 participating NGOs denounced “the threats that menace cultural diversity around the globe.” Mr. Riyaz Punjabi of the Himalayan Research and Cultural Foundation lamented that economic, social, and cultural rights were not as well defined as civil and political rights. “Civil and social rights have been hyped at the expense of economic, social, and cultural rights,” he deplored. “Cultural diversity is under threat, a situation with serious consequences, especially for the third world, given those who refuse to learn from history as they strive to standardize the societies they live in.” He went on to argue that “the Commission should find a way to assess legislative and social policy measures that would help protect and promote global cultural diversity.” His point of view was shared by Brazil’s human rights minister, Mr. Nilmario Marinda, who declared that “economic globalization must be accompanied by the effective globalization of rights.”  (Available also in French and English)