The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added two of Ukraine’s most historic buildings in Kyiv and another site in Lviv, to its official list of World Heritage sites in danger
The destruction of cultural heritage by terrorists, described as “cultural cleansing” by the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is a war crime.
Irina Bokova made the remarks on Friday after members of the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on the protection of cultural heritage sites in armed conflict.
Cultural sites in war-torn areas of the Middle East have been facing an “unprecedented” level of destruction, according to a representative from the UN cultural agency, UNESCO.
Karim Hendili is the Program Specialist for the Arab States Unit at UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre.
Apart from the destruction caused by conflicts, he said, many cultural artifacts in countries like Syria and Iraq have been stolen and traded illegally.
May Yaacoub asked Mr Hendili about the measures UNESCO is taking to protect heritage sites.