More than 250 leading academics and experts have signed an open letter calling on the UN to ban the trade of Syrian artefacts.
Read the 
full letter here

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© Graham van der Wielen, Temple of Bel- Syria 2008

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

ICCROM, UNESCO Netherlands National Committee and the Smithsonian Insitution are organising the international training course First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict.
The training will take place in the Netherlands. Information & Registration

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© Foekje Boersma, FAC 2011 en 2012 Rome

PROTECTION OF IRAQI CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES

nav shield Blue Shield is appalled by the great suffering and loss of life in the current fighting in Iraq and expresses great concern about the safety of Iraq's invaluable cultural and historical heritage. 
Blue Shield urges all armed combatants to observe the international laws that protect cultural heritage and to act responsibly, safeguarding the testimony of Iraq's unique history for the enrichment of future generations.