A full-scale revolt in 2011 resulted in the ousting and death of Libya’s former leader, Muammar Gaddafi, and the collapse of his 34-year-old Jamahiriya state. The country continues to experience major political and social unrest.

Blue Shield 2nd Statement on Libya
21 June 2011

As the situation in Libya endures, the organisation and its members continue to deplore the suffering and loss of life this conflict imposes on the Libyan population. The Blue Shield reaffirms its initial statement of 14 March 2011 for the protection of the country’s invaluable cultural heritage amidst the existing turmoil. Reiterating its call on all parties to respect the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, the Blue Shield warns of the potential risks for the country’s cultural heritage as the conflict escalates.