The Right to Cultural Heritage in International Law, with Special Reference to Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

Karolina Sikora

Abstrakt

In recent years, the social dimension of cultural heritage has gained significance in international law. A better understanding of the human rights dimensions of cultural heritage has resulted in substantial recognition of the right to heritage; a right that has not been explicitly regulated in international law. This article aims to analyse the path that cultural heritage law has taken to adopt a human rights law dimension. It also discusses the construction of the right to heritage and maps the connections and disconnections between and within cultural heritage law and international human rights law frameworks. The article uses the example of Indigenous peoples as a referent, due to the special bond that many may have to cultural values which play a significant role in the formation of Indigenous identity. In this context, I argue for a human rights approach to cultural heritage, which offers not only participation but also the co-creation of heritage together with local and Indigenous communities.

Słowa kluczowe: cultural heritage, human rights, Indigenous rights, heritage-making
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