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Europalezing: 'Cultural heritage at risk: protecting cultural heritage in times of conflict.'

  • Irina Bokova
  • Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi
  • Sada Mire
  • Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović
Datum
13 juni 2016
Tijd
Bezoekadres
Kloosterkerk
Lange Voorhout 4
2514 ED The Hague

Cultural heritage destruction: a threat to minority identity and a threat to peace. Nowadays, cultural heritage is facing many threats. In 2015, the Temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra, Syria was destroyed by IS. Unfortunately, this event does not stand on its own. 

How should European and international institutions and other stakeholders act to ensure the end of impunity for the perpetrators of such crimes? At the Europe Lecture on June 13th, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, will share her views on the many threats to cultural heritage in times of conflict. The President of the International Criminal Court Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi will elaborate on how the European and international community should use international criminal law to combat acts of destruction or damage to cultural heritage. Archaeologist and researcher Sada Mire will explain why the perservation of cultural heritage is so important.

 

Protecting cultural heritage in times of conflict- Hoofdinhoud

De Decumanus Maximus in Palmyra, Syrië.

In 2015, the Temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra, Syria was destroyed by IS. Unfortunately, this event does not stand on its own. Cultural heritage is facing many threats nowadays. The world has recently witnessed deplorable acts of deliberate destruction of important heritage buildings and sites. 

In Iraq and Afghanistan, the destruction of cultural property has led to 'cultural cleansing'. This entails the destruction of objects that reflect times of cultural diversity: 1000 years of civilisation are effectively being destroyed. Destroying cultural heritage goes hand in hand with oppressing the identity of minorities. This type of war crime is used to spread fear and hatred among societies. 

How should European and international institutions and other stakeholders act to ensure the end of impunity for the perpetrators of such crimes? At the Europe Lecture on June 13th, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, will share her views on the many threats to cultural heritage in times of conflict. The President of the International Criminal Court Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi will elaborate on how the European and international community should use international criminal law to combat acts of destruction or damage to cultural heritage. Archaeologist and researcher Sada Mire will explain why the perservation of cultural heritage is so important.

The lecture will be moderated by Ms. Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, Secretary-General of Europa Nostra. 

Tickets are €9.50 
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