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We use our thorough research and documentation of violations of artistic freedom to influence governments and decision-makers to change laws and practices that limit artistic expression.

In the box below you will find our publications related to advocacy work targeting international bodies, including the United Nations, European Union, as well as national and regional institutions and governments.

  • Advocacy Publications 
  • Universal Periodic Reviews 
  • Advocacy & Campaign Guide 

Legal restrictions and threat of deadly violence curb artistic freedom in Bangladesh: UPR Report

The literary and artistic community in Bangladesh face significant restrictions in exercising their right to freedom of expression according to new report.

Legal restrictions and threat of deadly violence curb artistic freedom in Bangladesh: UPR Report

State and non-state actors threaten artists in Pakistan: UPR report

Broad definitions & unclear procedures in many laws regulating artistic expression enable the arbitrary & abusive interpretation and application of the law.

State and non-state actors threaten artists in Pakistan: UPR report

Police, drug law and non-state actors pose threat to artistic freedom in Tunisia

Artists, often rappers, are exposed to threats, assaults, prosecution and imprisonment by Tunisian authorities, terrorist groups and other non-state actors, according to a new stakeholder submission to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process by Freemuse.

Police, drug law and non-state actors pose threat to artistic freedom in Tunisia

Moroccan artists persecuted, imprisoned when crossing red lines: UPR report

Morocco should replace unclear and vague provisions in the Penal Code and decriminalize the so-called “red line” offenses, according to a new joint stakeholder submission to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process by Freemuse and Racines – two civil society organizations defending artistic freedom in Morocco and globally.

Moroccan artists persecuted, imprisoned when crossing red lines: UPR report

Artistic freedom in Zimbabwe: Joint stakeholder report submitted to the UN

Zimbabwe should abolish its Censorship Act and any prior-censorship bodies or systems, according to a joint stakeholder submission to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process (UPR) by Freemuse and Nhimbe – two civil society organisations defending artistic freedom in Zimbabwe and globally.

Artistic freedom in Zimbabwe: Joint stakeholder report submitted to the UN

Freemuse and PEN submit joint report about Lebanon to UN

PEN International in collaboration with Freemuse and PEN Lebanon have submitted a joint report to the Working Group on the UPR for Lebanon, with a specific focus on the protection of artistic freedom.

Freemuse and PEN submit joint report about Lebanon to UN

Turkey: Government reported to the UN Council on Human Rights

Artists, activists and journalists respond to Turkey’s presentation to the UN Council on Human Rights Universal Periodic Review.

Turkey: Government reported to the UN Council on Human Rights

Freemuse to UN: Belarus should explain censorship

In a Universal Periodic Review submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Freemuse argues that Belarus is failing to abide by its international commitments to fully protect the fundamental artistic freedoms of its citizens.

Freemuse to UN: Belarus should explain censorship

US fails to protect the human right to read, says report

In a new report to the United Nations assessing the United States’ compliance with its human rights obligations, Freemuse and USA-based NCAC, the National Coalition Against Censorship, argue that the U.S. must do more to protect the rights of youth in public primary and secondary schools as well as the rights of inmates in jails, prisons, and detention centers.

US fails to protect the human right to read, says report

Turkey abuse laws to punish artists challenging authorities

Law suits, arrests, threats and banning orders, these are all dangers that artists in Turkey who touch on sensitive issues face today. This is pointed out by the UPR submission that Freemuse, Siyah Bant and the Initiative for Freedom of Expression has forwarded to the UN.

Turkey abuse laws to punish artists challenging authorities

Freemuse to the United Nations: Iran discriminates women artists

Iran should eliminate discrimination against women artists and abolish censorship of artistic expressions, stated Freemuse in its submission to the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review of Iran in March 2014. For decades the Islamic Republic of Iran has put severe restrictions on the right to freedom of artistic expression. Although the country in 2010 during …

Freemuse to the United Nations: Iran discriminates women artists

Freemuse and AFTE: Egypt should abolish prior censorship

Egypt should abolish prior censorship and allow artists to organise freely. These are two of the recommendations made by Freemuse and AFTE to the Egyptian government in a joint Universal Periodic Review submitted to the United Nations.

Freemuse and AFTE: Egypt should abolish prior censorship

 

Freemuse advocacy and campaign guide

What to do when an artist is at risk

Artists around the world face threats, attacks and imprisonment. Some are forced to flee into exile. The Freemuse Advocacy and Campaign guide, available in Arabic, French and Pashto as well as English language suggests a number of practical actions organisations and individuals can take locally and internationally to support musicians and artists at risk.

The guide offers advice on how you can efficiently document arts freedom violations, how to share the information and how to advocate for change. It provides information about international conventions relevant to issues of freedom of musical and artistic expression and defines the role of partner organisations in relation to the role of Freemuse when action is needed.

In some incidents, the situation becomes too dangerous and the artist needs to leave her country. The guide provides information for artists who intend to flee – or already have fled – and are planning to seek temporary protection or claim asylum/refugee status in another country.

The guide is the result of a series of regional workshops held by Freemuse and its partners throughout 2011. FreeDimensional also contributed to the project that was funded under the Swedish Special Initiative for Democratisation and Freedom of Expression.

We welcome feedback along with links to relevant online resources to be included in the tools section. It is our hope this guide will serve as a helpful tool for anyone engaged on the forefronts of the fight for freedom of artistic expression.

(last updated 2011)

Advocacy and campaign guide

 

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