May 22, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Thursday expressed great concern over potential war crimes being committed by Islamic State (IS) militants in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra. The statement came after members of IS entered the site of Palmyra after seizing the neighboring ...[read more]
May 14, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, continued her campaign against the looting and destruction of archaeological sites in the Middle East at a conference in Cairo on Wednesday and condemned the destructive act as a "war crime." She declared the action a "tactic of war" and called for an ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chief Irina Bokova on Tuesday condemned the brutal murder of Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Peralta Cuéllar, urging authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice. Bokova, who is mandated to defend press-freedom by her position, ...[read more]
February 2, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The head of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, on Monday condemned the killings of Mexican journalist Moisés Sánchez Cerezo and Japanese freelancer Kenji Goto. Moisés Sánchez Cerezo was the owner and editor of the weekly magazine, La Unión, which... ...[read more]
June 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement Sunday commemorating World Oceans Day calling on the international community to "commit to keep healthy and productive and to use their resources peacefully, equitably and sustainably for the benefit of current and future generations." The ...[read more]
November 11, 2013
by Max Slater
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Monday that Cambodia has sovereignty over a disputed piece of land around the 1,000-year-old Temple of the Preah Vihear, in an attempt to settle an ongoing border dispute between Cambodia and Thailand. The ICJ reasoned that its 1962 decision awarding ...[read more]
August 26, 2013
by Peter Snyder
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova on Monday condemned the death of three journalists in Egypt and called for a thorough investigation into the incidents. Two journalists, Ahmed Abdel of Al-Akhbar and Gawad Mosab Al-Shami, a photojournalist for Rassd News Network (RNN), were killed during ...[read more]
April 15, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday heard oral arguments in the border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over land surrounding the Temple of Preah Vihear. The ICJ awarded the temple to the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh in 1962. However, parts of the Cambodia-Thailand border have ...[read more]
February 26, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On February 26, 1919, US President Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park Act into law. The Act placed the Grand Canyon under the protection of the Department of the Interior (DOI)'s National Park Service. Prior to 1919, the only federal protections afforded to the site were through ...[read more]
August 28, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On August 28, 2011, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a legislative decree repealing restrictive media laws that allowed for the imprisonment of journalists. The week prior, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) published a 22 page report concluding that the Syrian government's actions may ...[read more]

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