ICOMOS Statement on Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Libya / Déclaration de l'ICOMOS sur la destruction intentionnelle du patrimoine culturel en Libye
The intentional destruction of cultural heritage sites in Libya, especially of Sufi shrines and libraries in Zliten, Misrata and Tripoli, has raised the concerns of international community.
ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, condemns any kind of intentional destruction of cultural heritage and desecration of religious places.
By recalling the essence of the 1954 Hague Convention, and referring to the UNESCO Declaration concerning the Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage, ICOMOS asks the Libyan authorities to take all appropriate measures to prevent such intentional destruction again, and to endeavour, by all appropriate means, to ensure respect for cultural heritage in the country. The beliefs and cultural diversity of Libyan people, in all its forms, are respected and should be protected.
RISK MANAGEMENT AT HERITAGE SITES: A CASE STUDY OF THE PETRA WORLD HERITAGE SITE
"This publication and development of a risk management methodology is the result of the Risk
Mapping Project in Petra, a project of the UNESCO Amman Office in partnership with the
Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC) at the Katholieke Universiteit
(KU) Leuven in Belgium and in cooperation with the Petra Development and Tourism Regional
Authority (PDTRA) and the Department of Antiquities of Jordan (DoA).
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expressed her grave concern over the destruction and desecration of Sufi shrines and libraries in Zliten, Misrata and Tripoli Libya. Ms Bokova called on the perpetrators to cease the destruction immediately.
Referring to destruction at the Islamic Centre of Sheikh Abdussalam Al-Asmar in Zliten, the Mosque of SidiSha'ab in Tripoli, and at the Shrine of Sidi Ahmed Zaroug in Misrata, the Director-General said “destroying places of religious and cultural significance cannot be tolerated.”
Cultural Heritage Protection in Times of Risk: Challenges and Opportunities
Istanbul Yildiz Technical University- ICOMOS ICORP International Symposium- 15-17 November 2012
ICOMOS warns on Aleppo’s cultural heritage/ ICOMOS lance une alerte pour sauver le patrimoine culturel d'Alep
In recent days, and following fighting in Damascus and Aleppo, the conflict in Syria has reached an unprecedented level. On 27 July 2012, the UN Human Rights Chief expressed particular concern about the likelihood of an “imminent major confrontation in Syria's second largest city Aleppo.”
The Ancient City of Aleppo has been inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO since 1986, as it “reflects the rich and diverse cultures of its successive occupants” and is “an outstanding example of an Ayyubid 12th century city with its military fortifications constructed as its focal point following the success of Salah El-Din against the Crusaders.”
ICOMOS is extremely concerned about the risks of any heavy conflict that may threaten the World Heritage site of Aleppo and the other precious cultural heritage of the city.