Interim Government Establishes Heritage Task Force

01 Jul 2014 8:21 AM | Anonymous

 

Interim Government Establishes Heritage Task Force

Ministry of Culture and Family Affairs for the Interim Government Establishes Heritage Task Force to Protect Syrian Culture

The Ministry of Culture and Family Affairs for the Syrian Interim Government today announced the creation of a Heritage Task Force to help protect Syrian cultural heritage in the present crisis. Damage to museums, archaeological sites, religious buildings, and historic structures is known to be widespread. Just in recent weeks, a new wave of organized archaeological looting began at Dura-Europos, the Ottoman period gate at Deir Ez-Zor was bombed, the desecration of a medieval Christian graveyard, and the destruction of the Jewish Synagogue in Jobar and the Omayyad mosque in Aleppo. The Heritage Task Force was established in order to address these and other heritage preservation concerns.

The Heritage Task Force will coordinate its efforts with UNESCO and other international heritage organizations, such as ICOMOS, ICCROM, and ICOM. It will also work with the community groups and non-governmental organizations that are working diligently to protect heritage inside Syria. The Heritage Task Force will be chaired by Dr. Amr Al Azm, an associate professor of Middle East history and anthropology at Shawnee State University (Ohio, USA) and will consist of other internationally recognized Syrian technical experts.

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