Dommages à l'héritage de la Syrie – 12 Juillet 2016

Dommages au patrimoine de la Syrie

12 Juillet 2016

Ce bulletin présente un sommaire des plus récents rapports sur les dommages causés à l'héritage de la Syrie. Il convient de souligner que beaucoup de ces données ne peuvent être vérifiées, mais on espère qu'il aidera à la documentation des dommages survenant, et contribuer à la sensibilisation. Heritage for Peace have released a statement concerning their stance on data recording, availbale ici.

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Principales matières

Neuf à partir de patrimoine pour la paix | Mises à jour sur les dommages | Mises à jour sur le pillage | Patrimoine immatériel | Syrian Activity | Modifications de la politique et des mises à jour de la Syrie | Activité internationale | Nouvelles mises à jour


Neuf à partir de patrimoine pour la paix

Cette fin de semaine, Patrimoine pour la Paix a rencontré leurs partenaires, Enregistrer patrimoine musulman, to begin the process of finalising the details for their SHLTr project. We look forward to providing legal training in cultural heritage protection for Syrians.

Mises à jour sur les dommages

Photo copyright: Jawad Shaar, Wikimedia Commons

mises à jour Palmyra

A newly released Daesh propaganda video shows the intentional destruction of multiple cultural objects, including relief sculptures and mummified remains at the Palmyra Museum.

Franklin Lamb discusses Russian and Syrian efforts to demine Palmyra ici, et ici.

ASOR CHI has published a special report on Palmyra ici.

The DGAM have released a documentary video of drone footage of Palmyra after its recapture, ici.

Dommages au Musée d'Alep?

Shortly before releasing this newsletter, the Facebook group Aleppo Archaeology posted to say official sources report major damage to the Museum of Aleppo.
Updates will follow as soon as we have them.

Dommages à d'autres sites

The Association for the Protection of Syrian Archaeology have released a report on the state of Qal’at al-Jab’ar à Raqqa ici.

Medmak have blogged about the impact of the war on sites in Kurdish areas of Syria ici (en arabe).

Youtube video of damage to an Ottoman mosque in Bab al-Nasr, Alep, partagée par d'Alep Archéologie.

ASOR Rapport hebdomadaire

On ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives has published its weekly report 95/6 (May 25-June 7)

Les points clés de ce rapport (which also covers Iraq):

  • DigitalGlobe satellite imagery and new photographs demonstrate the continued expansion of the Russian military base within the Northern Necropolis at Palmyra, Homs Gouvernorat (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident SHI 16-0065 METTRE À JOUR).
  • New video footage reveals extensive damage to al-Kabir Mosque in Daraya, Rif Dimashq Gouvernorat. Alleged shelling damaged al-Huda Mosque in Khan al-Sheih, Rif Dimashq Gouvernorat (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident SHI 16-0072).
  • A car bombing and alleged airstrikes damaged six mosques in the city of Idlib, Idlib Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident SHI 16-0073).
  • Alleged airstrikes damaged four mosques in Sukhna, Homs Gouvernorat (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident SHI 16-0074).
  • Ongoing alleged airstrikes damaged Amer Abu Obaida Ibn al-Jarah Mosque and Hamza bin Abd al-Muttaleb Mosque in Anadan, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident SHI 16-0075).
  • Alleged airstrikes damaged Saad bin Mouath Mosque in Ma’arat al-Numan, Idlib Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident SHI 16-0076).
  • Alleged airstrikes caused undetermined damage to al-Halisat Mosque in Raqqa, Raqqa Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident SHI 16-0077).
  • Alleged airstrikes caused extensive damage to al-Kabir Mosque in Ma’arat Misreen, Idlib Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident SHI 16-0078).
  • Alleged airstrikes severely damaged Abu Bakr al-Sedeiq Mosque in Theiban, Deir ez-Zor Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident SHI 16-0079).
  • Alleged airstrikes damaged al-Farouq Mosque in Daret Izzah, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident SHI 16-0080).
  • Alleged airstrikes damaged Hamza bin Abd al-Muttaleb Mosque in Hayan, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident SHI 16-0081).
  • A bombing damaged Abu Bakr al-Sedeiq Mosque in Hreitan, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident SHI 16-0082).
  • Alleged airstrikes damaged Jaafar bin Abi Taleb Mosque and Sahib bin Sinan al-Roumi Mosque in Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident SHI 16-0083).
  • Alleged shelling damaged the Armenian Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity and Our Lady of Joy Armenian School in Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident SHI 16-0084).
  • DigitalGlobe satellite imagery confirms reported damage to al-Farouq Mosque in Kubaysa, Anbar Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident IHI 16-0008 METTRE À JOUR).
  • New video footage released by ISIL shows destruction and damage to the Adad, Mashki, and Nergal Gates at Nineveh, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident IHI 16-0010 METTRE À JOUR).
  • Alleged destruction of al-Kabir Mosque and Ibrahim al-Hassoun Mosque in Karmah, Anbar Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident IHI 16-0015).
  • Airstrikes damaged al-Mudallal Mosque in Fallujah, Anbar Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident IHI 16-0016).
  • New video footage released by ISIL shows the destruction of part of the Temple of Nabu at Nimrud, Ninawa Governorate (ASOR CHI Rapport d'incident IHI 16-0017).

Mises à jour sur le pillage

mosaïque pillé

The Association for the Protection of Syrian Archaeology have released a photo and some information regarding a looted mosaic in Idlib. See the photos and the details ici.

Patrimoine immatériel

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Reports and Updates from the Syrian People

Deux nouveaux livres libérés

The DGAM have released a new book: Syrian Archaeological Heritage … 5 years of crisis 2011-2015 available as a pdf. Read more ici.

The NGO Medmak have released a book (en arabe) by the Syrian Archaeologist Studies Centre documenting damage and encroachment to Syria’s heritage 2011-2015, details ici.

Nouveaux sites en 3D

On June 16th DGAM reports that their efforts at 3D documentation of Palmyra with ICONEM are proceeding. Read more ici. They are also working to document Masyaf, ici.

Training course for DGAM employees on site recording

Sur 27 Juin – 1 Juillet 2016, 15 DGAM employees attended training in Beirut for emergency recording and archiving of cultural heritage in high risk zones, which was held jointly by ICOMOS, CyArk and the UNESCO “Emergency Safeguarding to the Syrian Cultural Heritage program”, detailed ici.

Tourisme en Syrie une possibilité?

Syria’s Tourism Minister highlights the potential for Syria top soon welcome international tourists, and his hopes to attract international investment.

“He said he hoped to soon welcome tourists from Russia, Chine, Iran, South Africa, among other countries.
“We have already met with these countries’ ambassadors who were enthusiastic about the business proposals we made,” Yazedji said.
“We offered several investment-attractive projects for Russian companies, primarily concerning traditional places of pilgrimage in Syria with Damascus to serve as a starting point from where pilgrims will move on to Jerusalem, Amman and other places.”

Read more in ici

étudiants syriens créent exposition “Vision …Palmyra Après la Libération”

Over the past two months, more than 200 university students in the Faculty of Antiquities and Museums made portrayals documenting historical sites in Palmyra city before and after the terrorist organizations’ attacks. These portrayals are shown in an exhibition held by the Faculty of Architecture, the Higher Institute of Regional Planning, the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums and Engineers Union.

Read more ici.

Modifications de la politique et des mises à jour de la Syrie

Activité internationale

Nouvelle loi allemande pour lutter contre le trafic illicite des antiquités

The German upper house of parliament today (8 Juillet) passed a law aimed at tackling illegal trafficking in looted antiquities and protecting German national heritage, introducing what dealers call the most stringent import and export restrictions on cultural objects in the world. Read more ici.

Conformément à The Art Newspaper, “Under the Cultural Property Protection Law, any cultural goods above a certain value and age —which vary according to the type of object —can only be exported with permission from authorities in the 16 German states. Any archaeological items offered for sale need to be accompanied by an export licence from the country of origin, though collectors secured a last-minute exemption from this rule for coins. The law also eases the repatriation of looted articles to the country of origin”.
More details regarding what the bill will mean in practice are available ici.

Principes rédigés pour la sauvegarde du patrimoine après un conflit

Draft guidelines drawn up for the ‘Cottbus Document’ – principles around safeguarding cultural heritage after armed conflict. Read more ici.

Programme de formation pour aider les Syriens à se préparer à la reconstruction

The Tahdir (Arabic for ‘Prepare’) programme is a training to help prepare more Syrians to become active participants in rebuilding a common life after the conflict comes to an end. Tahdir is open for professional Syrians interested in taking active part in key areas for a peaceful, democratic and inclusive country.
The Tahdir training is offered through a web platform in three fields relevant to the reconstruction of Syria.
1. Local Administration,
2. Law and Security Sector Reform,
3. Urban Planning for Sustainable Development.
En plus, three compulsory common courses are taught to participants in the three programs:
· Citoyenneté
· Processus décisionnels démocratiques
· Formation en anglais en ligne
The Tahdir programme is run by the Arab Reform Initiative and the Olof Palme International Center with the collaboration of Ila Souria. Tahdir is supported by the European Union and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
A Diploma is delivered by the two partner institutions with the support of the European Union and the Swedish international Development Cooperation Agency, Sida.
The first round of the Tahdir programme was launched in April 2016 and is ongoing.
The call for second round was launched on 25 Mai 2016 and the deadline is extended until 10 Juillet 2016. The second round planned to start 3 Octobre 2016 until April 2017 until April 2017, on a part-time basis and is designed to reach out to participants inside Syria or elsewhere. The round will be administered through a web-based e-learning platform with close coaching by program staff throughout the course of the program.
Applicants need to be equipped with a computer and internet access.
Women are specifically encouraged to apply to this programme.
You can contact them:
Marianne Boqvist, Email :
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L'UNESCO et la CPI pour examiner les crimes de guerre

On UNESCO and the ICC are exploring ‘ways to deepen cooperation on the protection of cultural heritage and the fight against impunity of war crimes.” See the full story ici.

Pétition pour soutenir la DGIA syrienne

French petition to call for follow up actions from the UNESCO meeting to support the Syrian DGAM.

See the petition ici.

New Mooc: Patrimoine menacé

Leiden University has created a new MOOC – Patrimoine menacé. Allez à their website for details.

Les premiers résultats de dommages du site de surveillance de crowdsourcing

Fascinating results from ASOR/Terrawatchers crowdsourcing of site damage in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East. Read more ici.

(You may need a free log in to read it).

Conflit sur le site Culture lancé

“En 2014, the University of Pennsylvania Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science launched a project to study “conflict culture”—the heritage of communities attacked during periods of war or violence. Now joined by researchers from around the world, the Conflict Culture Research Network supports rigorous, interdisciplinary research that examines how conflict impacts the culture of communities experiencing violence.”

See the newly-launched website ici.

Rapport: The importance of satellite imagery in damage assessment

A new UNESCO-UNITAR summary report demonstrates how satellite imagery analysis is an increasingly important tool for assessing potential damage to cultural heritage sites. Read more ici.

UNESCO and UNOSAT have signed an agreement to enable greater collaboration to better protect cultural and natural heritage sites. Détails ici.

Comité du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO examine la Syrie

The World Heritage Committee has discussed Syria’s World Heritage sites, including Palmyra.

Speaking on a panel at the summit, Culture and Tourism Minister Nabi Avcı outlined Turkey’s efforts against artifact smuggling from Syria. “The work of our security forces with the coordination of the Culture Ministry is promising to prevent the illegal transfer of cultural artifacts, Daily Sabah concluded.
Read more ici.

L'Europe conférence sur la protection du patrimoine

On June 16th the DG of UNESCO addressed the Europe Lecture and discussed heritage protection. Read more ici.

Nouvelles mises à jour
(Non couvertes par d'autres sections)

  • Important article about the boycott on Syrian and Academics in the Huffington Post. Well worth reading.
  • Al-Monitor reports on the Antiquities Coalition digital map showing the destruction of cultural heritage in the Middle East ici.
  • Insightful analysis on hyperallergic of what the protection of endangered animals can offer to the protection of endangered antiquities.
  • News report on the work of the Pergamon Museum to help integrate Syria refugees in Berlin, and to share Germany’s Syrian collections with them.
  • News story highlighting the importance of heritage to refugee children, à Newsdeeply
  • Looted Art & Antiquities in the Middle East: panel discussion hosted by Herrick’s Art Law Group and the Art Newspaper. Watch the panel discussion ici.
  • Syrie. The urgency of thinking the reconstruction – a French article in the journal The City, ici.
  • More on the concerns of rebuilding at Palmyra, by Gulf News here.
  • Pillage, destruction of ancient sites is part of Daesh’s ongoing campaign to culturally cleanse the Middle East. Read more by Assyrian International News Agency ici.
  • ScienceMag’s Letters to the editor features heritage destruction and what we should be doing about it.
  • Al-Jazeera présente le travail de The Day After – Patrimoine Protect Initiative ici.
  • Vice Nouvelles écrit ici à propos de la nouvelle vidéo Daesh et la destruction des momies de Palmyra, as does Almasdar Nouvelles.
  • Avant et après les photos montrent des dommages à Alep ici.

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