Freemuse advocacy and campaign guide

What to do when an artist is at risk

Artists around the world face threats, attacks and imprisonment. Some are forced to flee into exile. The Freemuse Advocacy and Campaign guide, available in Arabic, French and Pashto as well as English language suggests a number of practical actions organisations and individuals can take locally and internationally to support musicians and artists at risk.

The guide offers advice on how you can efficiently document arts freedom violations, how to share the information and how to advocate for change. It provides information about international conventions relevant to issues of freedom of musical and artistic expression and defines the role of partner organisations in relation to the role of Freemuse when action is needed.

In some incidents, the situation becomes too dangerous and the artist needs to leave her country. The guide provides information for artists who intend to flee – or already have fled – and are planning to seek temporary protection or claim asylum/refugee status in another country.

The guide is the result of a series of regional workshops held by Freemuse and its partners throughout 2011. FreeDimensional also contributed to the project that was funded under the Swedish Special Initiative for Democratisation and Freedom of Expression.

We welcome feedback along with links to relevant online resources to be included in the tools section. It is our hope this guide will serve as a helpful tool for anyone engaged on the forefronts of the fight for freedom of artistic expression.

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