The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has declared their shock at recently-released images of the destruction of collected works at the Mosul Museum by Daech jihadists and has announced their absolute condemnation of wrongdoing that results in the loss of priceless cultural heritage.
A Daech propaganda video, which aired on 26 February, features jihadists vandalising more than 3,000 year old pre-Islamic statues of the Iraqi Mosul Museum with a sledgehammer and a pneumatic drill. Meanwhile, UNESCO is describing the events as a “war crime” and has implored the help of the United Nations Security Council, after the latter adopted the Resolution 2199 at the beginning of the February, in an attempt to prevent the trafficking of stolen antiques in Iraq and Syria. ICOM has also expressed its deep concern for the safety of museum professionals in Iraq, while pointing out that to harm the cultural property of a country is to destroy a part of its collective memory of humankind.
Created in 1946 by museum professionals for museum professionals, the network brings together experts from 136 countries and territories to respond to the challenges faced by museums worldwide. For more than 10 years, ICOM has devoted itself to the preparation and intervention in emergency situations in favour of museum professionals and to the protection of Iraqi cultural property threatened by illegal trafficking.