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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Austria joins the international campaign for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures.

NEWS UPDATE
February 25th, 2017

Today it was announced that Österreichisches Komitee für die Rückgabe der Parthenon - Skulpturen, The Austrian Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles has joined the International Association for the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures.

The Chairman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, Louis Godart said he welcomed the addition of the organisation to the international campaign. The Executive of the Austrian committee includes:

Chair:Professor Hélène Ahrweiler

Delegate to the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures: Frau Mag. Alexandra Th. Pistofidou (Palaeographer - Historian)

The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures now has nineteen members from seventeen countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. Contact details for the Austrian Committee can be found on their members page.

France joins the international campaign for the return of the Parthenon Sculptures.

NEWS UPDATE
September 25th, 2016

Today it was announced that The French Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles has joined the International Association for the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures.

The Chairman of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, Louis Godart said he welcomed the addition of the organisation to the international campaign. The Executive of the Finnish committee includes:

Chair:Professor Hélène Ahrweiler

Delegate to the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures: Donatella Monterisi

The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures now has eighteen members from seventeen countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Cyprus, Germany, Finland, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. Contact details for the French Committee can be found on their members page.

General meeting of International Association members in Athens on 24th - 25th Septemberr

The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures is holding a general meeting for representatives of all its member organisations.

The meeting will take place in Athens on 24th and 25th September 2016.

The meeting is combined with a two day cocnference on the Parthenon Sculptures organised by the Athenians Association

Items on the agenda for discussion will include:

  • Developments that have taken place since the previous General Meeting.
  • Presentations by each of the member committees about what their committee is doing and other related research.
  • Election of a new executive committee.

 

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.