Expert of UNESCO visit to examine the implementation of the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.28/06/2018 - عدد القراءات : 2776
UNESCO's expert Mrs Martha Mack Guair visited the DGAM accompanied by Mr. Joseph Krieidi (Programmer Officer at the Cultural Sector at UNESCO Regional Bureau at Beirut) on 25 – 26 June 2018. The aim of this visit was to examine the implementation of the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (The Hague) which was supplemented and clarified by two protocols concluded in 1954 and 1999 . The first protocol was signed by Syria on 1958.
The Director - General of the DGAM chaired the meeting in the presence of Dr. Nidal Hassan secretary General of Syrian National Commission of UNESCO and representative from the DGAM staff. The meeting, which took place on 25-26 June 2018 at the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums, was particularly important in the light of the deliberate destruction, looting, theft and illegal trafficking of cultural heritage sites by terrorist and extremist groups.
The discussions focused on the results of the implementation of the Convention since its signing and the preparations made by the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums during the crisis to protect cultural property, in addition to the procedures and guidelines necessary to activate the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in times of armed conflict and how to enable Syria to benefit from it and its possible accession to Protocol II of this Convention.
The Director-General pointed out that the establishment of such a convention as a legal framework was an essential element, but in the case of the war in Syria, it was not effective for establishing a system of protection. He further commended the need to prosecute and punish individuals who committed such violations and to criminalize them under national or international law.
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