NEMO is deeply concerned about President Trump’s threat on cultural heritage sites

It is unacceptable to target cultural heritage as a weapon of war and NEMO is concerned about the conflict in Iran and President Trump's recent threat to attack cultural heritage sites.

NEMO, the German Museums Association and ICOM Germany made a joint statement on 7 January 2019 following President Trump’s tweet saying that he would attack 52 cultural heritage sites that are important to the Iranian people. Such a threat is unacceptable and the the Hague Convention from 1954 clearly states: "Any damage to cultural property, irrespective of the people it belongs to, is a damage to the cultural heritage of all humanity, because every people contributes to the world's culture". To do such an act would be considered a war crime and the President's threat is no different from the damages previously caused in the region by terrorist groups. The United States of America ratified the Hague Convention in 2009, Iran in 1959.

NEMO also agrees with and backs recent statements from ICOM and ICOMOS and Europa Nostra.