International Training Centre for Human Rights and Peace Teaching
Cultural Rights as Human Rights, by Isse Omanga Bokatola
Speaking about cultural rights before addressing the notion of culture would be like attempting to put the cart before the horse. In fact, the issue of recognising cultural rights is first and foremost a cultural problem rather than a legal or political problem. Thus, cultural rights cannot exist without culture. In other words, the existence of cultural rights suggests the prior existence of culture. It is necessary to try to impede defining culture prior to determining the rights which objectivise it. First, we must define culture and then take up the issue of cultural rights.
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