UN hears arguments to make ‘cultural appropriation’ illegal worldwide – let that sink in a minute


UN hears arguments to make ‘cultural appropriation’ illegal worldwide – let that sink in a minute



A United Nations committee heard arguments this week to make “cultural appropriation” illegal worldwide.
A group of Native Americans and indigenous advocates brought their case before a committee within the U.N.’s World Intellectual Property Organization and, if passed, it would outlaw the appropriation of “indigenous designs, dances, words, and traditional medicines,” CBC reported.
James Anaya, the University of Colorado Boulder Law School dean, told the committee that the United Nations ought to “obligate states to create effective criminal and civil enforcement procedures to recognize and prevent the non-consensual taking and illegitimate possession, sale and export of traditional cultural …

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