The ‘Protecting Cultural Heritage – An Imperative for Humanity’ initiative was presented at the UN by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Italy and Jordan, with the participation of principals from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Interpol and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as well as ministers from various Member States.“Culture is on the frontline of conflict – we must place it at the heart of peacebuilding,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. For his part, the Executive Director of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, said it was important address trafficking and the destruction of cultural property as “crimes that strike at the very core of our civilization and heritage”.“Cultural heritage is a reflection of human history, civilization and the coexistence of multiple peoples and their ways of life,” said Mr. Paolo Gentiloni, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy. “Its protection is a shared responsibility of the international community, in the interest of future generations.” Participants at the High-level Ministerial Meeting on World’s Heritage Proctection. UN Photo/Kim Haughton ‹ ›“The religious and cultural heritage of the Middle East, the birthplace of civilization and religions, belongs to all humanity,” said Nasser Judeh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan.The initiative will follow up on resolutions and decisions adopted by the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly and other international bodies. There has been a sharp increase in terrorist attacks and destruction of cultural heritage of countries affected by armed conflict, as well as the illicit trafficking and sale of cultural objects. These acts not only generate income for terrorist groups in the Middle East and beyond, but also constitute a tactic of war.Meanwhile, Mireille Ballestrazzi, President of Interpol, highlighted the need “to combine our efforts and resources to efficiently curb this criminal phenomenon and protect the world’s cultural heritage for future generations”.The ‘Protecting Cultural Heritage’ initiative is a project open to all Member States, international organizations and partners wishing to join forces in support of the protection of cultural heritage from destruction and/or illicit trafficking.
A 23-year-old fisherman was on Tuesday afternoon remanded to Prison when he appeared at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court on a murder charge.The court heard that Joseph Rameshwar of Bellview, West Bank Demerara is accused of killing 72-year-old Jerry Rambeer of Lot 18 Sister’s Village, West Bank Demerara.According to police information, on July 1, 2018, at about 23:30h, it was reported to police that the pensioner’s body was seen lying at Back Street, Good Intent, West Bank Demerara in an unconscious state.Upon arriving at the scene, ranks reported that Rambeer’s body had signs of marks of violence, and he had a gaping wound on his head. As such, he was taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital and admitted a patient, before being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital.However, at about 15:00h on July 3, 2018, the elderly man succumbed to his injuries.To this end, Rameshwar was arrested on July 5, 2018, and he allegedly confessed to investigators that he had hit Rambeer over the head with a rolling pin, prior to his demise.As such, legal advice was sought and it was recommended that Rameshwar be charged with murder.The matter was adjourned to September 16, 2018. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPI into WBD pensioner’s murder continues next monthFebruary 25, 2019In “Court”Man accused of attempting to murder ex in presence of their 3-y-o chargedJune 29, 2018In “Court”Man gets 18 months jail for rum shop brawlJune 18, 2017In “Court”