UN General Assembly calls for an immediate halt to 'wanton' destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage

01 Jun 2015 7:23 AM | Anonymous

UN General Assembly calls for an immediate halt to 'wanton' destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage

 

May 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly today expressed outrage that attacks on Iraq’s cultural heritage are being used as a tactic of war to spread terror and hatred, “a new phenomenon,” the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) labelled as a form of “cultural cleansing” threatening the people and security in the region.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova told reporters at UN Headquarters following the unanimous adoption by the General Assembly of the resolution Saving the cultural heritage of Iraq that she welcomed the development as a “turning point” in mobilizing the world to protect the heritage as well as cultural diversity in Iraq. 

 

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