CHAPTER 28: CULTURAL HERITAGE PROTECTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS
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- Chapter Study Resources
- Chapter Summary
- General Resources
- Further Topics
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MORE ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS:
CHAPTER STUDY RESOURCES:
This chapter provides insights into the scope and contours of cultural heritage protection, especially as a human right. The focus is on the connection between religious freedom, minority rights, and cultural heritage protection. The importance of the issue centers not only on preserving identities of people and sites, practices, or culture that is important to all of us, but also on how cultural heritage is used as a tool by a variety of agents, including governments, civil society, violent non-state actors, and others to control or harm people and their connection to specific places. Damage to cultural heritage sites can harm aspects of a peoples’ history and memory, visual perceptions of different groups by the public writ large, control of environmental resources, and the need to protect and preserve certain physical areas. Cultural heritage often serves as an “easy” target from which to attack communities and groups and thus many times is at a central component for discerning human rights problems in many areas.
This chapter is relevant to other covered topics including environmental justice, law, minority rights, regional systems of protection, technology and human rights, and indigenous peoples.
NEWS AND ARTICLES:
Cultural Heritage and Climate Change:
Cultural Heritage and the Challenge of Sustainability by Diane Barthel-Bouchier
Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Resources Threatened by Climate Change by Chiara Bertolin
The Future of Heritage As Climates Change: Loss, Adaptation, and Creativity edited by David Harvey and Jim Perry
RESOURCES FROM INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Other International Organizations