Human Rights Day: The Importance of Cultural Heritage and Human Rights
December 10, 2019
December 10th is Human Rights Day, which commemorates the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights in 1993. This historic conference brought together 7,000 participants from 171 states. It recognized that “all human rights” are “universal, indivisible and interdependent and interrelated”— seeking to end the separation that had previously existed between civil and political rights on the one hand, and economic, social and cultural rights on the other. While valiant efforts have been made since, there is still much work that needs to be done to protect cultural heritage as a human right.