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Parliamentary questions
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7 December 2018
Question for written answer E-006169-18
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Andrejs Mamikins (S&D)

 Subject:  VP/HR — EU engagement in protecting cultural rights in the world
 Answer in writing 

Artistic and cultural heritage is one of the constitutive elements of identity for different ethnic and religious groups. As such, it represents a value to be protected, especially in regions torn by conflict, where art looting and destruction of cultural heritage are regular phenomena. This constitutes a violation of human rights, and, in particular, Articles 22 and 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

According to the 2012 strategic framework on human rights and democracy, the EU affirms its commitment to the promotion and protection of all human rights, including social and cultural rights. It seems, however, that the promotion of cultural rights is not given enough priority, compared to the attention given to political and civil rights. Considering that the enjoyment of cultural rights is an element of democracy and effective citizenship:

How does the EU decide whether to engage specifically in cultural rights? What specific criteria need to be met for the EU to respond to cultural rights violations?

What specific initiatives are undertaken at EU level to protect and promote cultural rights in third countries?

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