The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures is an association of various national committees with the shared goal of "The reunification of all the surviving Parthenon Sculptures in the New Acropolis Museum in Athens"
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Official response to loan of Parthenon Sculpture to Russia

STATEMENT FROM CHAIR OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE REUNIFICATION OF THE PARTHENON SCULPTURES
05 December 2014

The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures* today criticized the British Museum’s  decision to send a major sculpture from the Parthenon as a loan to Russia.

The Chairman of the International Association said the loan was an offence not only to the Greek people but to the entire international community.

In July 2013 UNESCO invited Britain to agree to mediation of the long running Greek claim for the sculptures that were taken by Lord Elgin from 1801 to be returned to Athens. Mr. Hill said that it has been almost 18 months since Britain was asked but they have not even given UNESCO the courtesy of a reply.

The British Museum is also ‘out of step’ with widespread UK public and professional opinion on the question of returning the sculptures to Greece. Opinion polls in the UK for the past fifteen years have consistently shown an overwhelming majority of people believe the British Museum should give the sculptures back.

Mr Hill said that supporters of the return of the Parthenon Sculptures throughout the UK and around the world would not rest until the sculptures are returned.

‘it is not often we can put right one of history’s great wrong. But in the case of the return of the sculptures stripped from Parthenon by Lord Elgin and shipped to England, we have that opportunity’, he said.

*The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures represents volunteer committees in 16 countries that support the return of the Parthenon sculptures held in the British Museum to be reunited with the other Parthenon sculptures held in Athens. See www.parthenoninternational.org

International lawyers consulted by Greek government on Parthenon Marbles issue

The Chairman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures David Hill is in Greece with three prominent international lawyers to discuss legal options open to the Greek Government for the return of the Parthenon sculptures.

Hill will be joined by Geoffrey Robertson QC, Noman Palmer QC and Amal Alamuddin who are in Athens to meet with the Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Deputy Prime Minister Angelos Venizelos and Culture Minister Konstantinos Tasoulas. During two days of meetings on 14 and 15 October they will also be meeting other senior Government officials.

David Hill organised the meetings at the request of the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

An open letter to the British Government on participation in the UNESCO mediation process

PRESS RELEASE

The International Association for the Reunification for the Parthenon Marbles has sent an open letter to the British Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary & Culture Secretary, encouraging them to participate in the UNESCO organised mediation process proposed by Greece for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles.

A similarly worded letter has also been sent to all 24 trustees of the British Museum.

 

17 February 2014


Dear

Last week the Guardian published the results of a poll that showed 88% of respondents believe Britain should return the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece. The poll is consistent with all the other surveys in recent years that demonstrate overwhelming British public support on this issue.

The widespread support for the return of the Marbles is not limited to the British public. There are now volunteer organisations in 16 countries that have been formed to support the claim for the sculptures to be returned; in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. (partheononinternational.org)

As you would be aware, last year the Director General of UNESCO, Irini Bokova, wrote to your Government requesting that Britain agree to participate in a UNESCO process of mediation to settle the dispute over the Parthenon Sculptures.  

There are strong moral arguments for Britain to accept the UNESCO mediation initiative that would allow the issue of the Parthenon Sculptures to be resolved in a spirit of cooperation, good will and friendship, with both sides being able to respect each other’s sensitivities.

We are also confident that in a mediation process there would be the opportunity for the British Museum to explore mutually beneficial arrangements with Greece involving the return of the Marbles that would leave the British Museum in a stronger position than at present.

Accordingly, I would urge you to support the British participation in the proposed UNESCO mediation process.
 
I will next be in London in March and would very much like the opportunity of meeting with you to discuss the matter.

Yours sincerely


David Hill
Chairman
 

 



Contact: David Hill
+612 93999902
+61412 197 375
davidhill04@optusnet.com.au
 

Support for the UNESCO mediation process

PRESS RELEASE

An international organisation supporting the return to Greece of the British Museum’s collection of Parthenon Sculptures has urged Britain to agree to have the dispute mediated by UNESCO.
 
The Chairman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, David Hill, has written to British Prime Minister David Cameron urging Britain to accept the recent offer of UNESCO to mediate the issue.
 
The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures has volunteer organisations in sixteen countries that support the claim for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures to Greece: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. (see www.parthenoninternational.org)


In 2010 UNESCO introduced new mediation procedures to handle claims for the return of illicitly acquired cultural property and Greece this year asked UNESCO to initiate the mediation process for the Parthenon sculptures. The Director General of UNESCO Irini  Bokova has since written to the British Government seeking their agreement to participate in the proposed mediation.
 

The Parthenon Sculptures are the wonderful marble sculptures that decorated the Parthenon Temple of fifth century BC Athens. In the early 1800s, about 100 marble sculptured pieces and major fragments were stripped from the Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis and taken to England by the then British Ambassador, Lord Elgin. Greece has consistently asked for the sculptures to be returned and the new Acropolis Museum in Athens has been especially built to accommodate them, alongside the other, matching sculptures that remained in Athens. Britain has rejected Greece’s claim for the collection to be returned and has refused to participate in any meaningful discussions of negotiations.



Contact: David Hill
+612 93999902
+61412 197 375
davidhill04@optusnet.com.au
 

A letter from the IARPS to the British Prime Minister

The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures have sent an open letter to British Prime Minister, Dave Cameron. In this letter, they urge Britain to accept UNESCO's invitation to enter into mediation with Greece to resolve the issue of the Parthenon Marbles.

The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
10 Downing Street
London
SW1A 2AA


Dear Prime Minister
 
I am writing to draw your attention to the world wide support for the Parthenon Sculptures held in the British Museum to be returned to Greece.
 
There are now volunteers in 16 countries who have organised themselves into committees committed to supporting the Greek claim for the sculptures to be returned. The countries are Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. (see www.partheononinternational.org)
 
As you would be aware, the Director General of UNESCO Irini Bokova has written this year to your Government requesting that Britain agree to participate in a process of mediation to settle the dispute over the Parthenon Sculptures. In 2010 UNESCO introduced new mediation procedures for claims dealing with illicitly acquired cultural property and Greece has now asked UNESCO to initiate the process.
 
Accordingly, we urge you to accept the UNESCO invitation for Britain to participate in the proposed mediation process.

I am sure you would agree that there are strong moral arguments for Britain to accept the UNESCO mediation initiative to allow the issue of the Parthenon Sculptures to be resolved in a spirit of cooperation, good will and friendship, with both sides being able to respect each other’s sensitivities and overcoming entanglements of the past.

Yours sincerely
 
 
David Hill
Chairman
International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures
2 December 2013