Unite for Hirtage

#Unite4Heritage focuses primarily on Arab countries, but also the world in general, in response to the recent unprecedented attacks on the region’s cultural diversity and heritage. We see the intentional destruction of irreplaceable landmarks, the systematic persecution of people on the basis of their ethnic and religious identities, the looting of cultural objects to finance extremist groups, and shocking violations of human rights, including cultural rights.

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UNESCO Director-General condemns attack at Karnak temple

I condemn the attack perpetrated today outside the historic Karnak temple, near Luxor. A prime tourist attraction, Karnak is a symbol of Egyptian civilization and UNESCO World Heritage Site. This attack against human lives is also an attack against culture as a force for dialogue, tourism, and socio-economic development. I'd like to express my solidarity with the government of Egypt. UNESCO stands firmly with Egypt to protect heritage against extremism.

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