Art27scotland actively supports several social justice campaigns including:
The Fribourg Declaration
The launch of the Fribourg Declaration on Cultural Rights was held May 7, 2007 at the University of Fribourg and May 8, 2007 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The text was presented by the Observatory of Diversity and Cultural Rights (which headquarters are at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Ethnics and Human Rights at the Fribourg University) together with the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie and UNESCO. The Fribourg Declaration is supported by more than fifty human rights high profiles, as well as a platform of NGOs.
Cultural Rights are indivisible from Human Rights.
The Fribourg Declaration seeks to lay out what Cultural Rights means:
Article 2 (definitions)
For the purposes of the present Declaration,
The term “culture” covers those values, beliefs, convictions, languages, knowledge and the arts, traditions, institutions and ways of life through which a person or a group expresses their humanity and the meanings that they give to their existence and to their development;
The expression “cultural identity” is understood as the sum of all cultural references through which a person, alone or in community with others, defines or constitutes oneself, communicates and wishes to be recognised in one’s dignity;
“Cultural community” connotes a group of persons who share references that constitute a common cultural identity that they intend to preserve and develop.
Article 3 (identity and cultural heritage)
Everyone, alone or in community with others, has the right:
To choose and to have one’s cultural identity respected, in the variety of its different means of expression. This right is exercised in the interconnection with, in particular, the freedoms of thought, conscience, religion, opinion and expression;
To know and to have one’s own culture respected as well as those cultures that, in their diversity, make up the common heritage of humanity. This implies in particular the right to knowledge about human rights and fundamental freedoms, as these are values essential to this heritage;
To access, notably through the enjoyment of the rights to education and information, cultural heritages that constitute the expression of different cultures as well as resources for both present and future generations.
The Culture Collective is a Scottish Government pilot programme which has established a network of creative practitioners, organisations and communities, working together to create a positive difference locally and nationally in response to COVID-19.
Have a look at the other projects that are involved below:
Peace & justice Project
- To bring people together for social and economic justice, peace, and human rights, in Britain and across the world.
- The Peace and Justice Project will back campaigns, commission reports and develop progressive networks in Britain and across the world.
- The Peace and Justice Project will work with labour and social movements and provide platforms to those campaigning for change for the many, not the few.
“You don’t have to take what you’re given.You don’t have to live without power and without hope. Things can, and they will change”
Campaign Against Arms Trade
Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) is a UK-based organisation working to end the international arms trade.
The arms business has a devastating impact on human rights and security, and damages economic development. Large scale military procurement and arms exports only reinforce a militaristic approach to international problems.
In seeking to end the arms trade, CAAT’s priorities are:
- to stop the procurement or export of arms where they might:
- exacerbate conflict, support aggression, or increase tension
- support an oppressive regime or undermine democracy
- threaten social welfare through the level of military spending
- to end all government political and financial support for arms exports
- and to promote progressive demilitarisation within arms-producing countries.
CAAT considers that security needs to be seen in much broader terms that are not dominated by military and arms company interests. A wider security policy would have the opportunity to reallocate resources according to actual threats and benefits, including addressing major causes of insecurity such as inequality and climate change.
CAAT values the diversity of opinion amongst its supporters and is committed to nonviolence in all its work.
CAAT was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, the Alternative Nobel Prize, in 2012 for innovative and effective campaigning against the global arms trade.
CAAT has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, alongside our partners Mwatana for Human Rights, a Yemeni grassroots organisation. The nomination was made by the 1947 Nobel Peace Prize winners, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW). The nomination was made to draw attention to the war in Yemen and CAAT’s efforts to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia that are fuelling that war, in particular our ongoing legal case.
Commitment to nonviolence
Involvement in organising and participation in CAAT’s demonstrations and protests is conditional on accepting a commitment to the action guidelines.
At CAAT we have action guidelines for our protests and on street actions, and an equal opportunities policy which applies in all our spaces.