UN / IRAQ HERITAGE

28-May-2015 00:02:17
The UN General Assembly Thursday condemned “the barbaric acts of destruction and looting of the cultural heritage of Iraq carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.” UNIFEED UNTV
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STORY: UN / IRAQ HERITAGE
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SOURCE: UNIFEED UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 28 MAY 2015 NEW YORK
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RECENT NEW YORK
1. Exterior, UN headquarters
28 MAY 2015 NEW YORK
2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. Med shot, General Assembly Vice-President Álvaro Mendonça e Moura presides over the vote
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ambassador Mohamed Alhakin, of Iraq
“The destruction of the human cultural heritage of Iraq, the cradle of civilization is no less barbaric than the killing of Iraqis themselves. It aims to erase the multi-cultural history of Iraq that has been the hallmark of our country for millennia. “
5. Med shot, delegates
6 SOUNDBITE (English) Maria Böhmer, Minister of State of Germany
“The objective is clear, by obliterating the visible traces of history and civilization these terrorists want to destroy the foundations of a peaceful civil society and a unified country. The want to erase the soul and identity of people of Iraq. “
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
“The adoption of the resolution, saving the cultural heritage of Iraq, is a turning point in the mobilization of the international community against the destruction of cultural heritage, the looting of antiquities and the persecution of minorities, which leads to destroying the cultural diversity of Iraq. This marks a turning point in the fight against cultural cleansing in Iraq.”
9. Med shot, delegates

10 SOUNDBITE: (English) Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
“Never before in recent history have we seen such brutal and systematic destruction of cultural heritage used as a tactic of war, to intimidate populations, to disseminate hatred. This is a war crime – such a destruction of heritage in Mali, Syria or in Afghanistan.
11. Med shot, session gavelled to a close.
STORYLINE
The UN General Assembly Thursday condemned “the barbaric acts of destruction and looting of the cultural heritage of Iraq carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.”

Irina Bokova said, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said, “The adoption of the resolution, saving the cultural heritage of Iraq, is a turning point in the mobilization of the international community against the destruction of cultural heritage, the looting of antiquities and the persecution of minorities, which leads to destroying the cultural diversity of Iraq. This marks a turning point in the fight against cultural cleansing in Iraq. Bokova also said she believed the resolution could identify cultural cleansing as a new phenomenon now that it is emerging as a threat to security of the people, security in the Middle East.

The resolution, adopted with more than 70 co-sponsors, focuses on the fight against the destruction of cultural heritage and the attacks against cultural diversity in Iraq and includes a set of measures to end the destruction and looting of archaeological sites and cultural artifacts in Iraq.

The four-page text, “Condemns the barbaric acts of destruction and looting of the cultural heritage of Iraq carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and deplores the rising incidence of intentional attacks against and threats to the cultural heritage of countries affected by armed conflict as well as damage to cultural property resulting from indiscriminate attacks and the organized looting and trafficking of cultural objects;

“Expresses outrage that attacks on cultural heritage are used as a tactic of war in order to spread terror and hatred, fan conflict and impose violent extremist ideologies;

“Calls for an immediate halt to the wanton destruction of the cultural heritage of Iraq, including religious sites or objects, emphasizes that no such acts committed by ISIL or other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida will be tolerated, and also calls for the preservation of the cultural heritage of Iraq by protecting cultural and religious properties and sites consistent with international humanitarian law.”
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