1.         Hatra (Iraq) (C 277rev)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1985

Criteria  (ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/277/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/277/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/277/

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.

Action Required

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.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1995

N/A

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

N/A

Decision Adopted: 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.