Cultural Rights and Public Spaces in Iraq

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Research, Assessment and Safeguarding of the Heritage of Iraq in Danger (RASHID) International e.V.





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This document examines public spaces in Iraq and their role in the promotion and protection of cultural rights. It can be accessed through Zenodo, an open repository developed under the European OpenAIRE program and operated by the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN).

The document reiterates a key definition of ‘public space’. It analyzes public spaces in connection with their political role; their accessibility to women, families and disabled persons, while also considering the use of social media and internet as the ‘virtual public space’. The report was submitted by RASHID International to the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. RASHID International e.V. is a worldwide network of archaeologists, cultural heritage experts and like-minded professionals dedicated to safeguarding the cultural heritage of Iraq, ancient Mesopotamia. RASHID is registered as a non-profit organisation in Germany and in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2019.

Some of the contents of the document are:

  • Public spaces and politics
  • Museums in Iraq
  • Amedi
  • Sharing of archival photographs