UN / WORLD HERITAGE

27-Sep-2015 00:02:32
Speaking at a high-level event on the sidelines of the Sustainable Development Summit, the Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova said “it is extremely important that we talk about destruction of heritage as a cultural cleansing, as a threat to peace and security. And I do believe that it is a war crime.” UNIFEED-UNTV
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UN / WORLD HERITAGE
TRT: 02:32
SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS
DATELINE: 27 SEPTEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior UNHQ

27 SEPTEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, dais
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO:
4.“I think it is extremely important that we talk about destruction of heritage as a cultural cleansing, as a threat to peace and security. And I do believe that it is a war crime. I believe it because it is in the Rome Statute in Articles 8 of the Roman Statute establishing the international criminal code, it is said that deliberate destruction of heritage, of cultural and religious institutions is a war crime.”
5.Med shot, audience
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO:
“And this is what extremists want to destroy. They want to destroy our memory, they want to destroy out past, they want to terrorize people by killings, by beheadings, by the appalling crime that they did with the assassination of such a renowned scholar like Dr. Khalid al-Asaad who we know at UNESCO, a friend who inscribed, prepared the inscription of Palmyra onto the World Heritage list.
7.Wide shot, dais
8.SOUNDBITE (English) Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO:
“Two days ago the news came that the chief prosecutor Madame Fatou Bensouda with whom we have been working our teams has for the first time indicted the first suspect of the destruction of the mausoleums in Mali will be in front of the international criminal court. I think it’s a very important message. It’s a message that impunity is not an option.”
9.Wide shot, dais
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime:
11.“Trafficking in cultural property represents a source of enormous illicit benefits. UNODC has reported that proceeds of transnational organized crime related to art and cultural property may amount to the level between 3.4 to 6.3 billion U.S. dollars every year."
12.Wide shot, panelists and audience leaving
STORYLINE
The Director General of UNESCO said “it is extremely important that we talk about destruction of heritage as a cultural cleansing, as a threat to peace and security. And I do believe that it is a war crime.”

Speaking today (27 Sept) at a high-level event on protecting cultural heritage on the sidelines of the Sustainable Development Summit, Irina Bokova noted that extremists “want to destroy our memory, they want to destroy out past, they want to terrorize people by killings, by beheadings, by the appalling crime that they did with the assassination of such a renowned scholar like Dr. Khalid al-Asaad who we know at UNESCO, a friend who inscribed, prepared the inscription of Palmyra onto the World Heritage list.”

She also said, “Two days ago the news came that the chief prosecutor Madame Fatou Bensouda with whom we have been working our teams has for the first time indicted the first suspect of the destruction of the mausoleums in Mali will be in front of the international criminal court. I think it’s a very important message.”

Bokova stressed, “It’s a message that impunity is not an option.”

Also speaking at the event, the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov said, “Trafficking in cultural property represents a source of enormous illicit benefits. UNODC has reported that proceeds of transnational organized crime related to art and cultural property may amount to the level between 3.4 to 6.3 billion U.S. dollars every year.”
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