Factors affecting the property in 1995*
- Illegal activities
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1995
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 1995**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1995
Voluminous convergent information received at the Centre reports on major looting of Iraqi archaeological sites, and in particular of Hatra, chiefly due to the grave economic situation and the social instability prevalent in the country since 1991.
Parallel to the initiatives undertaken by the UNESCO Physical Heritage Division to try to halt the illicit traffic of stolen objects from the Iraqi museums, the World Heritage Centre requests, as an initial safeguarding measure, that States Parties to the Convention alert their competent services for the repression of traffic of stolen antiquities in order that they pay particular attention to objects and sculptures likely to originate from this site dating from the first centuries AD, one of the most important of Parthian civilizations.
The Bureau, having been informed of looting of archaeological sites in Iraq, particularly at Hatra, requests the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention to do their utmost to prevent the illicit traffic of archaeological objects and sculptures from this site.
Summary of the interventions
Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1995
19 BUR VI.22
The Bureau, having been informed of looting of archaeological sites in Iraq, particularly at Hatra, recommended the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention to do their utmost to prevent the illicit traffic of archaeological objects and sculptures from this site.
Documents examined by the Committee19COM (1995)
The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).
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