Over the years organisations and peoples have come to recognize the link between te destruction of cultural heritage and terrorism and mass atrocities.

There is a new initiative to give a voice to these thoughts: : The J. Paul Getty Trust Occasional Papers in Cultural Heritage Policy. The first paper, “Cultural Cleansing and Mass Atrocities,” addresses the threats to cultural heritage in armed conflict zones and the connection between the destruction of cultural heritage, cultural cleansing, and mass atrocities.

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The first in a new series, the J. Paul Getty Trust Occasional Papers in Cultural Heritage Policy: Cultural Cleansing and Mass Atrocities: Protecting Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict Zones
from Getty Publications (PDF, 50pp., 439KB)


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"Armed conflicts and natural disasters causing deliberate or collateral damage to cultural heritage are more prominent than ever.

To help strengthen efforts to save collections from imminent threats, ICCROM and UNESCO joined forces last year to produce  Endangered Heritage: Emergency Evacuation of Heritage Collections"

This practical handbook is now also available in Arabic (free download).

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Member of the Blue Shield expert Network Faisal Jeber on the destruction and protection of cultural heritage in his hometown of Mosul.

Read his story here

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Grand mosque of al-Nuri                            Grand mosque after liberation

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The Blue Shield network has elected a new board on last week's General Assembly in Vienna.
Meet them!

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Karl von Habsburg-Lothringen                   Nancy Wilkie

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Bae Kidong                  Manana Tevzadze            Peter Stone 


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Blue Shield Guatamala has worked together with the International Council on Museums to organise a course on heritage protection in times of crises.
This training took place in El Salvador and will travel through to Costa Rica and Perú!

IMG 2039 

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Blue Shield Argentina is proud to present the book "Blue Shields in Argentina".This publication contains all the work Argentina is doing to protect its cultural property in case of armed conflict.

Next to this book it also draws attention to the blue shield television series Motivados por la Historia.
Watch part 1 here 


Escudos Azules en Argentina

Photo Lucina Micha - Ministerios de Defensa, de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto, de Educación y Deportes y de Cultura.


nav shield  Support Blue Shield Belgium in their effort to fight illicit trafficking of arts and sign the petition against abolishing the ‘Art & Antiques’ section of the Federal Judicial Police.
Please read and sign their petition here 

© AP Photo/Caleb Jones 2015 

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The Connecting to Collections Care Online Community helps smaller cultural institutions to provide well-informed care for valuable collections. 
Search their website for preservation and conservation information, links to resources, as well as access to recorded webinars and online discussions. 

All content in the online community is provided for FREE.
Join their online community here

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The National Archives of Finland, an agency operating under the Ministry of Education and Culture, has during this autumn taken digital copies of documents that have become endangered due to the Syrian Civil War into safekeeping. While hoping that the original documents will survive the destruction of the war, Finland has for its part wanted to ensure that the information contents will be preserved for future generations by serving as a haven for the documents.

Finland is one of the first countries in the world to serve as a haven for endangered documents.

Read more here

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ICC Trial Chamber VIII declares Mr Al Mahdi guilty of the war crime of attacking historic and religious buildings in Timbuktu and sentences him to nine years’ imprisonment
Destruction of cultural heritage has in recent years become an integral part of many armed conflicts but has often remained unpunished.
Director-General Irina Bokova UNESCO speaks of a "milestone in the recognition of heritage."

Read the ICC- file