Blue Shield reflections on Palmyra, Syria, 22 April 2016

In 2015, the extremist group called the Islamic State (also called ISIS, and Da'esh) took over the World Heritage site of Palmyra, Syria, and caused high levels of deliberate destruction to the monuments there. Although fighting continued elsewhere, Palmyra was recovered by retaken by the Syrian government. the Syrian antiquities authority began to consider damage [...]
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Blue Shield Statement on Yemen, 04 June 2015

The Yemeni Civil War began in 2015 between two factions, each claiming to constitute the Yemeni government, along with their supporters and allies. In addition to worst of the worst humanitarian crises in history, with more than 3/4 of the population in need of aid according to the UN, the fighting has also led to [...]
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ANCBS Statement on ISIS in Iraq, 10 March 2015

As the widespread fighting in Iraq increased, an extremist group calling themselves the Islamic State (ISIS) rose in power, taking over a large area of Iraq and Syria. Guilty of a huge number of human rights violations, the group have also destroyed cultural heritage. ANCBS Statement on ISIS' heritage destruction in Iraq March 10, 2015 [...]
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Following the 2003 invasion, Iraq slowly descended into civil war. As the fighting increased, Blue Shield International issued the following statement. Blue Shield statement June 17, 2014 PROTECTION OF IRAQI CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES Blue Shield is appalled by the great suffering and loss of life in the current fighting in Iraq and expresses great concern about [...]
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Following the civil conflict that has been shaking Ukraine, the Blue Shield wishes to express its deep concern regarding the safeguarding and protection of the country’s invaluable cultural and historical heritage, as well as the institutions that house them and the people that care for them. Ukraine’s museums, libraries and documentary heritage, monuments, churches and monasteries are [...]
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The Syrian conflict, which began in 2011, is an ongoing conflict between the Syrian government and multiple opposition groups, with both sides receiving external international support. The uprising began as a chain of peaceful protests for democracy and political freedom and was immediately followed by a government crackdown, deploying the army against the protesters. This [...]
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The first international conference of the International Committee of the Blue Shield was held in Seoul, Korea, in December 2011. The theme was “Protecting the World’s Cultural Heritage in Times of Change: Emergency Preparedness and Response”. The conference was hosted by the National Museum of Korea. (View the Seoul 2011 conference programme). The conference objectives were: To [...]
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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 [...]
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The Syrian conflict, which began in 2011, is an ongoing conflict between the Syrian government and multiple opposition groups, with both sides receiving external international support. The uprising began as a chain of peaceful protests for democracy and political freedom and was immediately followed by a government crackdown, deploying the army against the protestors. This [...]
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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 Statement on Libya 14 March 2011 Following the recent events in Libya, the Blue Shield expresses its great [...]
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