09.05.2019 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Comoros validates a draft national legislation for the safeguarding of its tangible and intangible cultural heritage

Participants in the national validation workshop with the Minister of Culture, her cabinet and the Director General of Arts and Culture on 2 May 2019 in Moroni. ©UNESCO

UNESCO organized a national validation workshop on 2 and 3 May 2019 in Moroni for the draft Comoros Heritage Protection Bill, which followed a review of the national legislative and institutional framework in order to strengthen the protection and promotion of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Union of Comoros.

With financial support from the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA) Funds-in-Trust to UNESCO, the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Professional Integration, Crafts, Arts and Culture and the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa organized a national validation workshop of the Comoros Heritage Protection Law as part of the "Capacity building project for the safeguarding of Comoros' intangible cultural heritage for sustainable development."

The Comoros Heritage Protection Bill is the culmination of nation-wide consultations, research and analysis of the existing legislative framework, by the national expert jurist, Ms. Samina Chakira.

On 2 May 2019, Ms. Wahidat Hassani, Director General of Arts and Culture of the Comoros opened the national validation workshop for the draft law on the protection of tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Comoros. Twenty participants from three islands of the Union of Comoros participated in the workshop held from 2 to 3 May 2019 at the Retaj Hotel in Moroni.

The Comorian jurist Ms. Samina Chakira led the validation workshop for the draft legislation. She presented a strategic document reviewing the legislative and institutional framework of the Comoros, which consolidated the orientations of the three UNESCO international conventions ratified by the Comoros (concerning the protection of the natural and cultural heritage, the protection and promotion of cultural diversity and the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage) as well as the UNESCO 2015 Recommendation on museums and collections.

The opening of the workshop was followed by a press conference where the media was able to interview the Director General of Arts and Culture, Ms. Wahidat Hassani, the National Project Coordinator, Ms. Djabhana Said Ibrahim and the national legal expert, Ms. Samina Chakira.

The participants included national authorities working for culture (Department of Arts and Culture of Mohéli, Moroni and Anjouan), the University of Comoros, the CNDRS (National Center for Documentation and Scientific Research), the Comoros Heritage Association and national experts such as Mr. Farid YOUSSOUF of the Legal Service of the General Secretariat of the Government and Mr. Mohamed Mboreha Selemane, parliamentary attaché, who took part in the common reflection on the revision of the legislative, institutional and legal framework of the Comoros.

The workshop aimed to:

• offer a participatory and global Review of the draft legislation

• contribute to the development of policies for the safeguarding of Comoros heritage;

• produce a Strategic Document Grouping all the recommendations for revisions in order to strengthen implementation of the UNESCO Conventions ratified by the Union of the Comoros

• elaborate a strategic document for the safeguarding of Comoros cultural heritage.

During her speech, the Director General of Arts and Culture confirmed the commitment of the Directorate to present this bill to the parliamentary session with the support of the national legal expert of the project, Ms. Samina Chakira, the lawyers of the presidency and of Beit-Salam, Mr. Madiane Mohamed Issa, Mr. Farid Youssouf and Mr. Abu Achiraffi, as well as the Deputy to the National Assembly, Mr. Mohamed Mboreha Selemane.

Ms. Ladaenti Houmadi, the Minister of Youth, Sports, Professional Integration, Crafts, Arts and Culture of the Comoros thanked the Abu Dhabi authorities for their unwavering financial support for the implementation of this project and also expressed her gratitude to UNESCO.

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Intangible Cultural Heritage

ICH Project in Comoros

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