Human Rights Council, 2 March 2018-- The Human Rights Council on Friday held an interactive dialogue with Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief.
Presenting his report, Mr. Shaheed said that States with official religions often discriminated against minority groups. States with negative views sanitized the public sphere from manifestations of religion or belief. In both cases, no religion or belief could rival State ideology. International law imposed an obligation on States to act as guarantors of the right to exercise freedom of religion or belief.
Verein Sudwind Entwicklungspolitik drew attention to the state of emergency in Iran, where revolutionary courts still had inherent jurisdiction, ordering an alarming number of executions. Turning to cultural rights, the organization reminded that women were not allowed to perform in public solo performance in Iran.
In Yemen there had been an increasing pattern of unprecedented terrorism. The impact of the Houthi coup had been accompanied by the worst forms of terrorism. Raids by drones had led to the death of civilians.
Association of World Citizens stated that cultural rights could contribute to the development of societies and the promotion of human rights. Houthi militia were persecuting human rights in Yemen, and particularly cultural rights. They had altered school curricula under their control.