Cultural Diplomacy & Human Rights

By Heather Blake (Head of Reporters Without Borders, UK)


“If you don’t have human rights- [in the sense] from the right to life to freedom of expression to freedom of press, if you don’t promote that and if you don’t have that within the constitutions of countries, whether written or unwritten…if you’re not being promoted and accepted innately within the people who are living in that country, particularly with the legislation that is being put forward, and particularly the governments running the country- then you have nothing…”

- The Berlin Freedom of Expression Forum; Berlin, Germany, February 28th- March 2nd, 2012