Today’s Struggle to Protect and Preserve the Cultural Heritage of Religious Minorities

20 September 2016
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Symposium co-sponsored by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The U.S. Department of State

A variety of thought leaders from universities and cultural heritage NGOs explored ways in which the international community can assist religious minority communities in the Middle East and elsewhere in their efforts to protect and preserve their cultural heritage in the wake of aggressive and morally reprehensible attacks on their heritage by terrorists and other violent extremists.

Symposium participants also addressed how attacks against cultural heritage and cultural diversity have become strategies for undermining the cohesion, morale, and viability of religious minority communities, and assess the prospects of stronger international legal remedies, such as the prosecution of the perpetrators of cultural heritage destruction.

A video of the event is available here.

The event also included a tribute to role models in the global campaign against violent extremism: read more on UNESCOs webpage here.

French President Francois Hollande announced a $100m fund for the protection of Middle Eastern cultural heritage, discussed in the Art Newspaper.