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Looted Iraqi Antiquities Return Home After UK Experts Crack Cold Case

Looted Iraqi Antiquities Return Home After UK Experts Crack Cold Case

Arabic | عربي The Guardian Maev Kennedy 9 August 2018 British Museum traces exact origin of treasures, brought to London after Saddam Hussein’s fall. A collection of 5,000-year-old antiquities looted from a site in Iraq in 2003 after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and then seized by the Metropolitan police from a dealer in London, will be returned...
Urim: A Civil Initiative to Protect the Ancient City of Ur

Urim: A Civil Initiative to Protect the Ancient City of Ur

Arabic | عربي   Each year, hundreds of people visit the city of Ur, which lies to the west of Nasiriya City. After it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, officials in charge of the city were provided an opportunity to implement a plan to run and protect the ancient city. Iraqi civil...
Arab Coordination Group Established Within World Heritage Watch

Arab Coordination Group Established Within World Heritage Watch

  Manama – Kingdom of Bahrain, June 25th, 2018 In the margins of the 5th International Civil Society Forum on World Heritage which was organized by the World Heritage Watch (WHW), and took place in Manama 2018, and at the kind invitation of Dr. Essa Amin and Dr. Abdul Aziz Ali Sweileh, the representatives of...
From the Chibayish District, the Marshes Festival Sends a Call to Iraqis to Protect Nature

From the Chibayish District, the Marshes Festival Sends a Call to Iraqis to Protect Nature

Save the Tigris Campaign   After Iraqis celebrated the inclusion of their marshes on UNESCO’s World Heritage List two years ago in July 2016, it was expected that a new stage of recovery and prosperity throughout all of the Iraqi marshlands would begin, that this international recognition would end years of neglect and resulting environmental...
UNESCO Needs to Recognize the Upstream Dam Threats to the Iraqi Marshes – We Call to Work With Independent Civil Society!

UNESCO Needs to Recognize the Upstream Dam Threats to the Iraqi Marshes – We Call to Work With Independent Civil Society!

Statement by World Heritage Watch/Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 23 June 2018, World Heritage Watch Civil Society Forum, prior to the 42nd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee *** We, the Civil Society Organizations who have attended the 5th International NGO Forum on World Heritage at Risk organized by World Heritage Watch...
Urim Initiative: Creating a Sustainable Preservation  Plan for the Ur Archaeological Site

Urim Initiative: Creating a Sustainable Preservation Plan for the Ur Archaeological Site

Urim Initiative launched in preparation for the 42nd UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Manama, Bahrain, 24 June—4 July 2018 Press Release – Baghdad, Amman, Rome – 6 June 2018 Urim, the name of the ancient city of Ur, is a new civil society undertaking by Iraqi and Italian archaeologists, architects and activists. The Urim...
Book Launch for "Catastrophe: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past"

Book Launch for “Catastrophe: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past”

On Saturday, November 18, the Iraqi Social Forum held a book launch for Catastrophe: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past in conjunction with the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative and the Iraq in History Foundation in the Tigris Hall at Hotel Baghdad. A number of specialists in archaeology and cultural heritage were featured speakers...
Hobby Lobby: US Arts-and-Crafts Retail Chain Ordered to Pay $US3m Over Smuggled Iraqi Artefacts

Hobby Lobby: US Arts-and-Crafts Retail Chain Ordered to Pay $US3m Over Smuggled Iraqi Artefacts

Source: ABC American arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby has agreed to pay a $US3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artefacts smuggled from the Middle East that the Government alleges were intentionally mislabelled, US federal prosecutors have said. Prosecutors filed a civil complaint in New York in which the Oklahoma City-based corporation consented...
When Heritage in Iraq Becomes a Strategic Asset: From Conflict Target to Marker of Peace

When Heritage in Iraq Becomes a Strategic Asset: From Conflict Target to Marker of Peace

Paper prepared prior to the 2017 meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland, 2-12 July 2017. The International NGO Forum on World Heritage takes place in conjunction with the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting and will present cases of World Heritage Sites where there is a concern for their safeguarding and management,...
Who is Responsible for Destruction of Iraq's Cultural Heritage?

Who is Responsible for Destruction of Iraq’s Cultural Heritage?

Almonitor – Adnan Abu Zeed  BAGHDAD, Iraq — Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage, a conference held in Abu Dhabi December 3-4, called for international support to protect the endangered cultural heritage of the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria. Conference participants approved establishing a $100 million fund and a safe haven network for use during conflicts. The problem in Iraq is one of conflict...
A Great Achievement After 4 years of Campaigning: The Marshes of Iraq Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage

A Great Achievement After 4 years of Campaigning: The Marshes of Iraq Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage

Statement by the Save the Tigris and Iraqi Marshes Campaign 20 July, 2016 Congratulations to the Iraqi people and everyone involved in the preservation of the world heritage and culture of Mesopotamia, for the Iraqi Marshes have been officially named UNESCO World Heritage. Its inclusion was approved in the afternoon of the 40th session of...
Iraqi Marshlands named as UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Iraqi Marshlands named as UNESCO World Heritage Site!

UNESCO has named Iraqi marshlands as a world heritage site! The area named “is made up of seven sites: three archaeological sites and four wetland marsh areas in southern Iraq” UNESCO said. “The archaeological cities of Uruk and Ur and the Tell Eridu archaeological site form part of the remains of the Sumerian cities and...