We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot
escape responsibility for the results
(Edward R. Murrow)
Published on 18 June 2011
As the world changes so do the reports and news items that reflect those changes; a calamity today is forgotten tomorrow. For that reason and for the convenience of the visitor occasionally certain maps will move to a less prominent place while other maps are introduced. Today two maps have been added.
Dossier Heritage Lybia
This dossier is introduced as the struggle for democratic change and a better life by the Lybian people continues. Recently it became clear that those in power in the western part of the country i.e. the Gadhafi clan, have used the World Heritage site Leptis Magna for military purposes. This is a very clear breach of the Hague Convention 1954. However, Lybia did not sign this convention. Surprisingly, NATO's first reaction to this news was that they might bomb the site, world heritage or not. Let us hope they will change their minds quickly. In any case, right from the start of the NATO intervention the organisation was given to understand from different sites, including UNESCO, to comply with international heritage law, especially with the Hague Convention 1954.
Dossier Heritage Tunesia
The revolutions and the uprisings in the MENA countries (Middle East & North Africa) all started when the Tunesian fruit seller by the name of Mohamed Bouazizi burned himself in a protest. Since, the revolutions and revolts spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It even travelled further crossing the Mediterranean into Spain and Greece. Today, Tunesia is struggling for a new government and constitution. The political debate is vehement and sometimes furious but still public. In this debate culture seems to play an increasing important role. That is why this dossier is introduced.
I hope the visitor will continue to read the CiD website and follow the international news on Culture, Cultural Heritage and Crisis. For sure, those colleagues affected by calamities and those in the developing world in general will need our steady support.
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