Press release, 11 March 2013
Recalling the resolutions adopted on religious heritage by the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th General Assemblies of ICOMOS regarding the protection and enhancement of sacred heritage sites, buildings and landscapes;
Following the previous statements on the planned destruction of sacred heritage sites in Libya and Mali;
ICOMOS condemns the recent destructions of Sufi cultural heritage in Tunisia and continued threats to this heritage in several countries of the region.
On the recommendation of the ICOMOS IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes, the ICOMOS Advisory Committee, at its meeting in Beijing on 1 November 2012, formally endorsed the Final Declaration of the UNESCO International Meeting on "The International Protection of Landscapes" held in Florence on 19-21 September 2012 on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.