Arts, rights and justice

The Agency reflected with Austrian networks on artistic freedom as a human right on 7 March.

There are currently worldwide known cases of artists and authors whose artistic freedom is violated. Civil society and individuals are increasingly getting together to establish monitoring mechanisms to make such cases heard. It also allows them to formulate empowerment responses and to find allies as human rights defenders to better protect space for artists.

FRA also held a bilateral meeting with the chair of the EU’s Arts Rights Justice group to map potential long-term cooperation with FRA. There were also discussions on a set of focused activities to raise awareness of artistic freedom and human rights with the possibility of two workshops at FRA’s Fundamental Rights Forum in September.