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The Children of “An Infinity of Cultures*”: A Human Rights Approach to Cultural Mixing

Headshots of Wole Soyinka, Karima Bennoune, Omaid Sharifi, Pragna Patel, Mariz Tadros, and Hiroko Tsuboi-Friedman

Join the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Karima Bennoune, and the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID), in the launch of the Special Rapporteur’s final report to the UN General Assembly. Faced with rising claims about monolithic cultures and cultural “purity” around the world, and with rising threats in many contexts—whether the destruction of the cultural diversity of Afghanistan or the erasure of mixed identities in Japan—the speakers will address how those who value rights-respecting cultural openness and hybridity can defend these practices. How can we preserve histories of cultural mixing in the past and ensure their possibilities in the present and future so as to protect cultural rights for all?

This event will feature simultaneous interpretation in French and British Sign Language.

*Title quote from the Haitian poet, Jacques Stephen Aléxis



  • Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights and Visiting Professor, University of Michigan Law School (Algeria/USA)
  • Wole Soyinka, Writer, Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature (Nigeria)
  • Omaid Sharifi, Artivist and Cofounder, ArtLords (Afghanistan)
  • Pragna Patel, Founder and Director, Southall Black Sisters (UK)
  • Hiroko Tsuboi-Friedman, Expert Facility Member, UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Japan)
  • Mariz Tadros, Director of the Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development and Professor of Politics and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (Egypt/UK)


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