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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Bruce Blades 1937-2008, chair of the New Zealand committee

Bruce Blades achieved many things as the chair of the International Organising Committee - New Zealand - for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles. Sadly, he died on June 26th

Zisis Bruce Evangelos Blades
Tireless community worker
PETER KITCHIN - The Dominion Post | Thursday, 10 July 2008

Zisis Bruce Avengelos Blades, engineer: Born Wellington, September 8, 1937; married 1967 Kathy Papadimitriou 1 son 1 daughter; died Wellington, June 26, 2008, aged 70.
Bruce Blades, of Brooklyn, was a civil engineer whose multiplicity of skills extended to sports field strategies and diplomacy.

He was a cultured dynamo whose enthusiasms were tempered by a great deal of commonsense and a closely held understanding of team and family dynamics. His negotiation skills were first-rate, and he had a disarming capacity for leaping hurdles in order to reach solutions.

His orbit of interests were wider than many people would shoulder, though to his family and his professional colleagues they were par for the course.

For example, in May last year, Parliament decided that the Elgin Marbles, housed in the British Museum, belonged to Greece. The impetus for such recognition was the result of a petition from Mr Blades (wearing the hat of chairman of the New Zealand Parthenon Marbles Committee), and 1020 others.

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Read the full original obituary on the Dominion Post's website.

West Australia's repatriation proposal

West Australia’s State Legislative Assembly has tabled a motion to reunify the Parthenon Sculptures.

06/23/2008
Parthenon marbles repatriation

A proposal for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece was tabled in the State Legislative Assembly of Western Australia by governing Labor Party (ALP) member John Biase D’ Orazio.

According to the proposal, the Legislative Assembly is called to support the wish of the Greek-Australian Community as regards the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece and their display in the New Acropolis Museum in Athens.

He also suggests that the W. Australia state parliament convey this stance to the UK government in a proper manner.

Read the original article on the  Athens News Agency's website.

World-wide pressure on the British Government and the British Museum is growing

New Zealand is playing its part in the world-wide campaign which is building up to reunify the Parthenon (Elgin) Marbles back in Athens. Reunifying the Marble Sculptures at the place from where they were effectively looted will right one of history’s notable injustices.
 
On 24 May 2007 the Parliament of New Zealand unanimously passed a most significant motion which reads:

"That this House joins its voice to that of other countries throughout the world and urges the British Government to support the return of the Parthenon (Elgin) marbles to Greece, stressing the need for the collections of marbles in different locations to be reunited so the world can see them in their original context in relation to the Temple of Parthenon as an act of respect to one of the most significant monuments of western heritage."
 
This motion will exhibit to the British Parliament that the Parthenon Marbles issue is very much alive and will continue until the issue is resolved between the British and Greek Governments.

The Parthenon Sculptures — A New Deal?

The American Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures is organising a lecture in Washington on the Parthenon Sculptures.

THE AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR THE REUNIFICATION OF THE PARTHENON SCULPTURES, INC.

Presents Prof ANTHONY SNODGRASS Chairman of the British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles in a talk entitled:
The Parthenon Sculptures — A New Deal?
Dr. Snodgrass is Lawrence Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and a world renowned  authority of the Parthenon reunification movement.

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MICHAEL J. REPPAS, Esq. President and Legal Advisor American Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures in a talk entitled:
Returning Cultural Artifacts Illicitly Removed From Their Country of Origin

Thursday, April 10, 2008, at 8:00 pm.

Center for Hellenic Studies, 3100 Whitehaven Street, NW, Washington DC., 20008

Please RSVP at 202-745-4441
Seating will be limited to first 60 people to respond
Light reception will follow

The American Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, Inc.
7850 N.W. 146th Street
Suite 301
Miami Lakes, FL
33016

Tel (305) 822-8422
Fax (305) 822-3155
www.parthenonsculpturesusa.org

You can read the original press release here.

Cambridge University debates the Elgin Marbles

David Hill, the chair of the International Association, spoke recently alongside Anthony Snodgrass of the British Committee, at a successful debate at the Cambridge Union.

 

Cambridge debates Elgin Marbles
By Europe correspondent Jane Hutcheon
Posted Sun Feb 24, 2008 1:32pm AEDT

Cambridge University has debated the contentious issue of returning the Parthenon Sculptures, otherwise known as the Elgin Marbles, to Greece.

The statues were removed in the early 1800s by Britain's ambassador to Athens, Lord Elgin.

Until now, Britain has declined to return the relics, despite public opinion supporting the move.

Chairing the debate at Cambridge was the president of the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, David Hill.

He says the Association won the debate 114 to 46.

"Which was a really delightful result, but not altogether that surprising because despite the conservative nature of the university," he said.

"That sort of outcome's pretty consistent with all of the evidence of public opinion in Britain about the return of the Parthenon Sculptures."

The British Museum says keeping the marbles in the UK has afforded them significant protection over the years, but Mr Hill rejects that claim.

"It's an offensive argument that the British Museum have pushed - that Elgin saved the marbles," he said.

"It's utter nonsense. Elgin only took half the collection; the other half remained on the Parthenon. Particularly, the famous west frieze of the Parthenon.

"And if you now compare the condition of the west frieze, which remained in Athens, with the British Museum's collection that they got from Elgin, the material in Greece is in better condition."

'Colonial booty'

Mr Hill says the issue of repatriating the marbles affects relations between the UK and Greece.

"The Greeks are very fractious people," he said.

"[But] they all agree on this; that the marbles should go back. But at the same time, they have a traditional friendship with Britain and they don't want to prejudice that friendship."

He says Australia can understand how the Greeks feel.

"It's interesting that the level of awareness about the Parthenon Sculptures is probably higher in Australia than any other country in the world except Britain and Greece," he said.

"The British keeping hold of their colonial booty really offends the Australian sense of fairness."

Mr Hill says Australia has led the way in campaigning for the return of national artefacts. He says he thinks the British Museum will only return the marbles when the British Government tells the Museum to send them back.

"Something similar has happened involving Australia," he said.

"Eight years ago, [former Australian prime minister] John Howard and [former British prime minister] Tony Blair issued a statement about the desirability of the British Museum's returning sacred Aboriginal human remains.

"Now the British Museum was totally opposed to that, but because of the public commitment of the British Government, after several years of bureaucratic process, in 2006 the British Museum returned the first of the human remains to Tasmania."

You can read the original article on the ABC's website