UNESCO has confirmed 53 partially or completely demolished sites so far, while the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation counts over 150, including monuments.
Publishing data about efforts to protect threatened cultural properties might expose them as targets for Russian troops and looters, the country’s deputy minister of culture warned.
As the Turkish government announced that the Hagia Sophia will be converted back into a mosque, one of the primary responses worldwide has been to assert that the edifice constitutes “universal” heritage, that it belongs to all of us.
Construction of the 30-foot steel fence threatens the cultural heritage of the Tohono O’odham people, including burial grounds and a biosphere reserve.
Yemeni human rights organization Mwatana has issued a report based on years of research, titled, “The Degradation of History: Violations Committed by the Warring Parties against Yemen’s Cultural Property.”
The ancient temple complex of Ain Dara was partially destroyed by the Turkish military as they continue to attack Kurdish forces in the Afrin region of Syria.
Historic England’s Pride of Place project aims to recognize overlooked sites of LGBTQ history and protect them as part of the country’s heritage.
In a historic decision today, the International Criminal Court convicted an individual who destroyed cultural heritage of committing a war crime.
In the past year alone, members of ISIS have marred cultural treasures in Iraq and Syria, taking sledgehammers and drills to statues at the Mosul Museum and delivering numerous blows to the ancient site of Palmyra, including its 1,800-year-old Arch of Triumph.
Western media stories about cultural heritage destruction have recently focused on places like Syria, Iraq, and Libya.
The monolithic concrete that forms some of our most creative 20th-century architectural heritage is in danger of disappearing.
This week, France announced two plans to fight back against ISIS’s cultural destruction. French culture minister Fleur Pellerin unveiled a $6 million fund that will help France’s cultural institutions recover from the recent attack.