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9th ICAANE Basel – June 9-13, 2014

APSA will be attending the congress and read two papers: June 10, Hall 114: “Syrian Heritage: Threats and Destruction, Past and Future Rescue Projects. The View of 3 Syrian-Based NGOs” June 12, Hall 117: “Syrian Museums at Risk: An Overview. Issues and Solutions”

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UNESCO meeting on Syrian heritage (May 26-28th, 2014)

Syrian associations demand to have a say UNESCO is organizing at its Paris premises, from May 26th to 28th, 2014, a metting of experts entitled “Rallying the international community to safeguard Syria’s cultural heritage – A metting of international experts”. The aims of this meeting are put forward at the ...

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Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk

The fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods requires the enhancement of legal instruments and the use of practical tools disseminating information, raising public awareness, and preventing illegal export. Following reports of widespread damage and looting at cultural heritage sites in Syria, ICOM decided to publish the Emergency Red List ...

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“Stop the destruction!” urges UNESCO Director-General 29.08.2013

  Experts meet to coordinate action for safeguarding Syria’s cultural heritage The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called on all parties involved in the conflict in Syria to safeguard the country’s cultural heritage and take all possible measures to avoid further destruction. The Director-General’s appeal followed a meeting of ...

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UNESCO Director-General deplores the escalation of violence and the damage to World Heritage in Syria

16.07.2013 – UNESCOPRESS The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has expressed deep shock at news of further destruction to cultural heritage in Syria, and particularly following the publication of media reports and images depicting damage to the Crac des Chevaliers, one of Syria’s World Heritage sites. These two castles are ...

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Syria’s Six World Heritage sites placed on List of World Heritage in Danger

The World Heritage Committee has decided to place the six World Heritage sites of the Syrian Arab Republic on the List of World Heritage in Danger so as to draw attention to the risks they are facing because of the situation in the country. The danger listing is intended to ...

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Director-General of UNESCO reiterates her appeal for the protection of Syria’s cultural heritage

02.06.2013 – UNESCOPRESS In the wake of alarming media reports on damage to several historic and religious sites in various regions of Syria, I wish to express my grave concern for the safety of Syria’s cultural heritage. I call upon the perpetrators to cease the destruction immediately and demonstrate respect ...

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Aleppo: Local heritage protected by the civilian society 06.05.2013

Alep – Zone rurale | Ouest | tribunal légiste de la zone rurale de l’Ouest d’Alep Le tribunal a rendu une décision du fait des attaques répétées qui ont perpétrés sur les lieux archéologiques comme les fouilles illégales, la destruction des pierres et la dégradation des monuments et structures archéologiques. ...

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UNESCO: Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

The cultural heritage reflects the life of the community, its history and its identity. Its preservation helps to rebuild broken communities, re-establish their identities, and link their past with their present and future. The Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict adopted at The ...

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UNESCO Director-General deplores continuing destruction of ancient Aleppo, a World Heritage site

25.04.2013 – UNESCO PRESSUNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expressed her deep distress over reports of the continuing destruction which has severely damaged the ancient city of Aleppo, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1986. Today, the minaret of one of Syria’s most famous mosques was destroyed during clashes in the northern ...

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