[Libs-Or] Fwd: [alacoun] FW: USCBS and Other Organizations Warn of Emergency in Egypt
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Mon Jan 31 12:31:04 PST 2011
I am sure this is of interest to many of you.
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From: Lois Ann Gregory-Wood <lgregory at ala.org>
Date: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:43 AM
Subject: [alacoun] FW: USCBS and Other Organizations Warn of Emergency in
To: alacoun at ala.org
I am forwarding this to you on behalf of IRC Chair Sha Li Zhang.
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*JANUARY 30, 2011*
*In This Issue:*
*Emergency in Egypt<https://mail.google.com/mail/html/compose/static_files/blank_quirks.html#12ddd9b0b1aa6719_one>
*USCBS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WARN OF EMERGENCY IN EGYPT*
The undersigned cultural heritage and archaeological organizations express
their concern over the loss of life and injury to humans during the protests
in Egypt this week. We support the desire of the Egyptian people to exercise
their basic civil rights. We also share their concern about the losses to
cultural heritage that Egypt has already sustained and the threat of further
such losses over the coming days.
Brave actions taken by the citizens of Cairo and the military largely
protected the Cairo Museum. However, numerous sites, museums and storage
areas located outside of Cairo are even more vulnerable. As the prisons are
opened and common criminals are allowed to escape, the potential for greater
loss is created. A recent report from Egyptologist Professor Sarah Parcak of
the University of Alabama in Birmingham states that damage has been done to
storage areas and tombs in Abusir and Saqqara and that looting is occurring
there and in others locations.
We call on the Egyptian authorities to exercise their responsibilities to
protect their country's irreplaceable cultural heritage. At the same time,
we call on United States and European law enforcement agencies to be on the
alert over the next several months for the possible appearance of looted
Egyptian antiquities at their borders.
Archaeological Institute of
Cultural Heritage Center, University of
Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage
U.S. Committee of the Blue
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Minneapolis, MN 55417
information at uscbs.org
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