UNESCO Forum in Paris: Rabehi stresses importance attached by Algeria to culture

Minister of Communication, Government’s Spokesman, acting Minister of Culture Hassan Rabehi presented Tuesday, in Paris, Algeria’s cultural policy, stressing the importance attached by the public authorities to this field.

As part of an interaction between ministers of Culture and in order to strengthen exchanges and cooperation, Rabehi attended, in his capacity as Algeria’s representative, the Forum of Culture ministers of the member countries of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), held every two years.

He stressed the importance attached by the public authorities to culture.

In his speech in a panel marked by the participation of several ministers, Rabehi said that the Algerian Constitution “enshrines the principle of the right to culture in accordance with the foundations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” underlining that in Algeria “all citizens have access to this right considering the principle of equal opportunities and of cultural diversity recognition as a source of wealth and a factor contributing to the social cohesion and progress.”

The right to culture, he added, “favors dialogue and creates bridges between the different identity components and various cultural expressions.”

The Algerian State’s cultural policy, he said, “feeds on principles and is manifested in the freedom of expression, enshrinement of Tamazight language as national official language like Arabic and the institutionalization of more than 170 local, nation and international festivals highlighting the diversity and different cultural expressions.”

In this regard, he underlined that the State “grants financial aid to cultural associations.”


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