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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.

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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 

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Blue Shield International congratulates its Argentinian colleagues with the attribution of their 22nd blue shield to one of their national treasures.
In the presence of 5 different national Ministers they proudly conducted the act.

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Reveiling the Blue Shield are Vice Minister of Defence, Ángel Tello - Nacional director of Human Righta and internacional humanitarian law, Jorge Szeinfeld (Ministery of Defence) - President of the national comisión of monuments, museums and heritage of the Ministry of Culture,  ms Teresa Anchorena -National director of relación with Unesco, Mr. Miguens. Of the Ministry of educación- Representative of the Foreing Affaires Office. Mr Damian Dorby and Almirant Nadale Horacio, Head of the Navy.

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

Myanmar
A powerful earthquake in Myanmar killed at least three people and left the famous temple complex of Bagan damaged.
The  complex consists of about two to three thousand temples and pagodas, the oldest being a thousand years old.

The temples and pagodas are among the main tourist attractions in the country.

Temples of Bagan
Temples of Bagan
Photo Ed Brambley 2009 (Commons Wikimedia)

UK National Committee of the Blue Shield
press release 19 May 2016
nav shieldThe UK National Committee of the Blue Shield is very pleased to welcome the announcement made in the Queen’s Speech on 18th May 2015 that HM Government intends to table legislation which will result in the UK being able to accede to the 1954 Hague Convention of the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its two Protocols of 1954 and 1999.

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The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has published a “red list” of Libyan antiquities at risk during the current civil war.
The purpose of the Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk is to alert customs officials, police forces and the art trade to potentially looted antiquities. 

The publication illustrates the type of antiquities that are now vulnerable, although it is not a list of specific objects that have been looted.
Among the examples are pre-historic rock art, stones inscribed with Greek, Punic, Latin and Arabic writing, sculptures, “veiled” female funerary busts, wall paintings and mosaics, sarcophagi, jewellery and coins.

Download  Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk


Logo ICOM Illicit trafficking in works of art and cultural property has become a serious business over the past decades.
The International Council on Museums (ICOM) helps to bring this serious issue to light through the ICOM International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods.
Learn about good practices, awareness-raising, due diligence and much more here