US President Donald Trump's recent threat tweets to target 52 important sites - including cultural sites - in Iran is reckless, crime against humanity, and at the same time outrageous. Iran is one of the most important centers of human civilization. Any threatening Iran's cultural heritage with 22 cultural properties listed on the World Heritage [...]
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Blue Shield International[1] notes with grave concern the recent statements by the President of the United States of America that he is seriously contemplating targeting cultural sites in Iran if Iran reacts to the killing of General Qasem Soleimani. The intentional targeting of cultural and religious sites (that are not legitimate military objectives and have [...]
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کمیته بین­المللی سپر آبی[1] با نگرانی شدید، بیانات اخیر رئیس­جمهور ایالات متحده­ی آمریکا پیرامون هدف گذاری اماکن فرهنگی ایران در صورت واکنش ایران به قتل (ترور) سپهبد (شهید) قاسم سلیمانی را بیان می دارد. هدف عمد ­قرار دادن اماکن فرهنگی و مذهبی (که اهداف مشروع نظامی نیستند و هیچ الزام ضروری نظامی ندارند)، به ویژه [...]
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 تعرب اللجنة الدولية للدرع الأزرق1 عن قلقها الشديد وتخوّفها من التصريحات التي أدلى بها مؤخرًا رئيس الولايات المتحدة وأعلن فيها عن نيّته استهداف المواقع الثقافية في إيران في حال ردّت هذه الأخيرة على اغتيال الفريق قاسم سليماني. يحظّر القانون الدولي الإنساني على وجه التحديد وفي الظروف كافة الاستهداف المتعمّد للمواقع الثقافية والدينية (التي لا تشكّل [...]
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Participants at the UNESCO Capacity-building training on the effective implementation of the 1970 Convention and the 1954 Hague Convention, Ramallah ©UNESCO Ramallah Office 2019 BSI attended the first national capacity-building training on the effective implementation of the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of [...]
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Dr Paul Fox, BSI, attends the NATO HQ Allied Joint Force Command CPP Round Table, Naples. © NATO 2019 NATO Allied Joint Force Command Naples (JFCNP), in collaboration with SHAPE J9, organised a one-day event in JFCNP focused on CPP on 30 October 2019. The aim of this event was to provide improved understanding of [...]
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Attendees at the Coping with Culture 2019 CPP Workshop, run by BSI. Attendees are at the Visitors Centre for the Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus World Heritage Centre. © Alette Smith, 2019 After eight successful conferences, the Command and Staff College of the German Armed Forces (host), Engagement Global and the Centre for Leadership [...]
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This research paper seeks to contribute to further thinking and dialogue among States and their militaries that conduct operations in urbanized environments on what more can be done to reduce civilian harm by proposing practical measures in the form of options for consideration. Blue Shield staff were pleased to contribute to this report, which is [...]
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Attendees at the Irish Defence Force Cultural Property Protection training visiting the Military Archive. © Irish National Committee of the Blue Shield, 2019 Blue Shield Ireland and Blue Shield International co-organised and delivered a three day training course in Dublin on cultural property protection for Peacekeepers to the Irish Defence Forces with a member of [...]
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Caption: BSI staff support CPP training on NATO Trident Jackal 2019, roleplaying as the Ministry of Culture to discuss cultural property protection with J9 CIMIC staff at NRDC-Spain. © BSI October 2019 Blue Shield staff provided cultural property protection mentoring and training on NATO exercise Trident Jackal 2019 with NATO HQ NRDC-Spain. "Trident Jackal (TRJA19) [...]
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