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Advancing Cultural Rights and the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Iraq

  • 1. Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Reading
  • 2. Research Center Coordinator, Sulaimani Polytechnic University
  • 3. Chief Legal Officer, RASHID international e.V.
  • 4. Research Fellow, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • 5. Associate Professor of Archaeology, Palacký University Olomouc




Experts from RASHID International attended the United Nations Human Rights Council’s first-ever seminar on the intentional destruction of cultural heritage, held on 7th July 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. The results of the seminar were presented as a report to the UN Human Rights Council during its 2018 March session.

To enhance this report, RASHID International was invited to submit a document to the OHCHR regarding possible implementation steps that might enhance the protection of the cultural heritage of Iraq.


About RASHID International

RASHID International is a worldwide network of archaeologists and cultural heritage experts dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the cultural heritage of Iraq, ancient Mesopotamia. To assist our Iraqi colleagues, we collect and share information, research and expert knowledge, work to raise public awareness, and both develop and execute strategies to protect heritage sites and other cultural property through international cooperation, advocacy and technical assistance.

RASHID International is registered as a non-profit organisation in Germany and enjoys charitable tax-exempt status under German law. We are an organisation in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2019. Learn more about our work at

All of our research is available open access here:




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