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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On February 22nd, a major earthquake shook the city of Christchurch with a magnitude of 6.3. Next to very serious numbers of casualties there appeared to be great damage to the historic area of the city and it built heritage. Blue Shield Statement on Christchurch 3 March 2011 Following the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New [...]
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The Egyptian revolution took place following a popular uprising that began on January 25th 2011. The uprising was mainly a campaign of non-violent civil resistance, which featured a series of demonstrations, marches, acts of civil disobedience, and labour strikes. Millions of protesters from a variety of socio-economic and religious backgrounds demanded the overthrow of the [...]
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The island of Haiti has a history of destructive earthquakes. On January 12th 2010, Haiti was struck by the country's most severe earthquake in over 200 years. The epicentre of the quake was just outside the capital Port-au-Prince. Over 200,000 people lost their lives and widespread damage resulted from the quake: the capital city was [...]
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On April 6, 2009 an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck central Italy with its epicentre near L'Aquila. The earthquake killed over 300 people and caused damage to between 3,000 and 11,000 buildings in the medieval city of L'Aquila. ANCBS statement on earthquake Abruzzo 8 April 2009 On behalf of the Association of National Committees of the [...]
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ICBS statement in support of the Cologne Archive 5th March 2009 On the afternoon of Tuesday 3 March, the building of the Historic Archive of the city of Cologne in Germany collapsed along with two neighbouring buildings. Two residents of these neighbouring buildings were killed. The building dated from the 1970s and contained some 65,000 [...]
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