The International Council of Museums (ICOM) spoke with the recommendation to the museums all over the world to not accept the exhibits from annexed Crimea. The press service of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine reported this.
The letter of the ICOM to the Ukrainian Ministry provides that they recommended to the museums to restrain from the accepting of the exhibits until the legal status of Crimea will be determined.
‘The ICOM strongly insists on the necessity to respect the independence of the museums and integrity of the museums’ collections under any circumstances. I take this opportunity to express the support of the efforts of Ukraine to protect its cultural heritage within the acting national and international law and according to the ethical norms and practical tools worked out by the ICOM such as ICOM Code of Professional Conduct and Red List of Endangered Cultural Objects’, the letter said.
The ICOM added that they cooperate with the UNESCO on the issue of the defense of the Ukrainian cultural heritage in Crimea.
‘ICOM and its partners use all possibilities to emphasize the necessity of the observance of the norms of the international law and international standards on the preservation of the cultural heritage both in peacetime and during the military actions. ICOM strongly urges all sides to restrain from any direct actions on museums and archeological monuments that can harm the cultural heritage that can lead to the irrecoverable losses of the information on the origin of the cultural heritage situated in Crimea’, the document provided.
Earlier it was reported that the Prosecutor’s Office of Crimea claimed that the occupation authorities illegally nationalized 4 000 objects that belong to Ukraine. The inflicted harm from the annexation of Crimea is estimated in 67.5 billion dollars.