ICOMOS Statement on Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Libya

The intentional destruction of cultural heritage sites in Libya, especially of Sufi shrines and libraries in Zliten, Misrata and Tripoli, has raised the concerns of international community.
ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, condemns any kind of intentional destruction of cultural heritage and desecration of religious places.

By recalling the essence of the 1954 Hague Convention, and referring to the UNESCO Declaration concerning the Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage, ICOMOS asks the Libyan authorities to take all appropriate measures to prevent such intentional destruction again, and to endeavour, by all appropriate means, to ensure respect for cultural heritage in the country. The beliefs and cultural diversity of Libyan people, in all its forms, are respected and should be protected.  

Cultural diversity is a source for sustainable development for all people and nations, and inspires future generations. As emphasised by the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, cultural diversity is important for the realization of human rights, and is indispensable for peace and security at local, national, and international levels.

ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, is a global non-governmental organization associated with UNESCO. Its mission is to promote the conservation, protection, use and enhancement of monuments, building complexes and sites. He participates in the development of doctrine, evolution and distribution of ideas, conducts advocacy. ICOMOS is the Advisory Body of the World Heritage Committee for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention of UNESCO.

Written on September 21st, 2012.