Training report: Heritage and rights - African Regional Pilot Training Course, Ditsong Museum, South Africa, 13-17 March 2017

November, Ntsizi (2017) Training report: Heritage and rights - African Regional Pilot Training Course, Ditsong Museum, South Africa, 13-17 March 2017. Conference Volume. Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa, 13p. [Book]


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ICOMOS South Africa has invited representatives from 17 African countries to be part of a master level pilot course in human rights and cultural heritage from 13 to 17 March 2017. The training, led by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights University of Oslo, was held at Ditsong Museum, Pretoria. The report is now available. Broadly, the course covered: 1. A general introduction to the international human rights system, including its institutions and mechanisms; 2. A specific introduction to relevant cultural rights and texts, as well as the UN and UNESCO institutional framework; and 3. A Human rights-based approach planning tools for heritage management. Partners for the pilot training were ICOMOS South Africa, ICOMOS Norway, the African World Heritage Fund, the South African National Heritage Council, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and Ditsong Museum, Pretoria. For further information, you may contact ctht(at) Our Common Dignity: Towards Rights-Based World Heritage Management was started in 2007 by ICOMOS Norway. From a national focus the initiative was expanded into international collaboration between ICCROM, ICOMOS and IUCN (AB) in 2011 - in close contact and dialogue also with the World Heritage Centre. The training is a result of the collaboration between the “heritage world” and the “human rights world”. The first Pilot Training Course in the complex topic of Human Rights and Heritage Management was in Oslo in 2016, and is being followed by training in India and South Africa.

Item Type: Book (Conference Volume)
November, Ntsizi
Languages: English
Keywords: Training; Heritage professionnals; Human rights; Cultural policy; community participation; local communities; guidelines; legal aspects; world heritage; management; Africa
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
K.LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 03. National/Regional legislations
National Committee: Norway, South Africa
Number of Pages: 13
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2020 14:19
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2020 14:19
References: (1) General intro to HR:

Thomas Buergentahl, Dinah Shelton and David P. Stewart: International Human Rights in a Nutshell, St. Paul, MN: West Press, 2009, chapters 1-2, pp 1-159.

Heiner Bielefeldt, 'Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Human Rights', in Catarina Krause and Martin Scheinin (eds.), International Protection of Human Rights: A Textbook, Åbo Akademi University, 2009, pp 3-18.

The OHCHR webpages: relevant treaties and mechanisms

(2) About 'culture':

Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Ethnicity and Nationalism. Anthropological Perspectives, London: Pluto Press, 2010, chapters 1-3, pp 1-69.

Jane Cowan, 'Culture and Rights after Culture and Rights', American Anthropologist, Vol 108 (1), 2006, pp 9-24.

(3) About UNESCO:

The UNESCO Webpages, including:

UNESCO's medium term strategy 2014-2021 (37 C/4)

UNESCO's procedure for dealing with alleged violations of human rights

(4) About heritage:

Rodney Harrison (ed.), Understanding the Politics of Heritage, Manchester University Press, 2010, Chapter 1: What is Heritage?, pp 5-42.

Janet Blake, International Cultural Heritage Law, Oxford University Press, 2015, Chapter 8: Cultural Heritage and Human Rights, pp 271-312.

Report of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. A/HRC/31/59 3 February, 2016.

(5) About ICOMOS

ICOMOS Ethical Principles

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