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UNESCO Concerned by Death Threats Against Nepali Artist Manish Harijan
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UNESCO expresses concern about recent death threats against Manish Harijan,
a Nepali artist, whose works are on show at one of Kathmandu’s art galleries. The death threats were caused by paintings combining images of Hindu
deities and Western superheroes. “The right to freedom of expression must also apply to artistic expression. Tension that may arise between artistic creation and religious and ethical values should be openly discussed instead of becoming subject of intimidation or even death threat to the artist”, says Axel Plathe, Head of the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu. Art has always driven change and must be given the liberty to provoke new thinking.Artists must be guaranteed to enjoy this freedom. Freedom of artistic expression is guaranteed under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stating that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek,receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.
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UNESCO ,   (2012 )
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Press Release in English
Keywords:
DEATH THREAT, NEPALI ARTIST, HUMAN RIGHT, NATIONAL LEGISLATION, MUTUAL RESPECT, LANDMARK DECISION, MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING, RIGHT TO LIVE, INTIDIMITATION, FREEDOM OF OPINION, IMPART INFORMATION, MEDIA, COMMUNICATION, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, RIGHT TO LIVE
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 UNESCO : Educational, Scientific and Cultural
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14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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