" [....] Following the previous statements on the planned destruction of sacred heritage sites in Libya and Mali;
ICOMOS condemns the recent destructions of Sufi cultural heritage in Tunisia and continued threats to this heritage in several countries of the region".Statement
Blue Shield US statement on Syria (August 2012)
Recent media reports, as well as first-hand reports from Syria posted to social media and other Internet sources, recount the killing and wounding of innocent civilians and the alarming destruction and looting of cultural heritage sites during the current civil war in Syria. Some of these sites are designated World Heritage Sites of outstanding universal significance under the 1972 World Heritage Convention. Other sites appear to be at imminent risk.
The statement by Yildiz Technical University and ICOMOS-ICORP is made on the 40th anniverary of the adoption of the UNESCO world Heritgae COnvention on 16 November, 1972.
Blue Shield Austria AWARD 2012
Dr. Joris Kila
The Austrian National Committee of the Blue Shield bestows the Blue Shield Award 2012 on Dr. Joris Kila. Dr. Joris Kila is well known to the international expert community as one of the pioneers of the new academic field of Cultural Property Protection in the Event of Armed Conflict.