June 23, 2015
The world will not look away.
Ten nations from across the Middle East and North Africa recently pledged a coordinated response to stem terrorist plundering of antiquities sites, to limit terror groups’ capacity to profit on the cross-border sale of stolen artifacts, and to shine a spotlight on those who would purchase plundered goods which finances regional and global terrorism. The joint declaration came at the Cairo Conference on terrorism and culture, organized and co-hosted by the Antiquities Coalition and the Middle East Institute.
Now, as a follow-up to that conference, the Antiquities Coalition is premiering a weekly series of brief videos, Culture Under Threat: Terrorism and Profiteering. The releases will provide findings and conclusions from the unprecedented gathering of international experts, including senior Middle East and North Africa ministers and leading academic and non-government policy and practice experts. Terrorism and Profiteering will offer insights, background, solutions and implementation strategies for slowing and ending the global crisis of looting and terror-fueled cultural destruction.
In today’s first video release, available on the Antiquities Coalition’s YouTube Channel (at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-zHugmYH9Q&feature=youtu.be), Iraq’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Adel Fahad Shershab, reminds the world that old-school legal steps will not stop armed groups from controlling land, oil and antiquities.