KATHMANDU: Death threats against a Nepali artist has prompted UNESCO to raise an alarm on Wednesday. Manish Harijan’s paintings which are currently on display at an art gallery in the capital depict Hindu deities and Western superheroes, which prompted death threats to be issued against the artist.
Axel Plathe, Head of the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu declared “The right to freedom of expression must also apply to artistic expression. Tension that may arise between artistic creation and religious and ethical values should be openly discussed instead of becoming subject of intimidation or even death threat to the artist.”
The UNESCO statement goes on to defend the freedom that artists should enjoy, given that art has always led to change and promote new thinking.
It pointed out that Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees freedom of artistic expression stating, “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.