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Webinar- Protecting Cultural Heritage During Conflict: Experiences from Somaliland, Syria and Yemen

Webinar series: first-hand views on human rights and peace

Monday 27 September – 14:00 – 15:15 (CET)

Syria, Somalia/Somaliland time and Yemen time: 15:00 – 16:15

About the event

Even if cultural heritage is protected under international law, it continues to suffer from destruction, damage, illicit trafficking, and plunder in armed conflicts all over the globe. Despite the numerous challenges, many projects to protect cultural heritage during conflict are being implemented. While examples of “destructive” trends have been studied, not much is known about the operationalization of protective measures taken by local actors and authorities in conflict areas. The webinar intends to help build this body of knowledge and to inspire/facilitate this important work. In this panel, Fight for Humanity brings together speakers who are running such projects in Syria, Somalia and Somaliland, and Yemen with the objective to exchange on progress and challenges related the protection of cultural heritage in these extreme situations.


  • Amer Ahmad, Archaeologist, Co-director, Directorate of Jazira Region, Self-Administration of the North East Syria, Senior Consultant, Orient Association (Syria)

  • Dr Jaklin Mansoor Mohammed Ahmad, Associate professor in linguistics & phonetics in Aden University, Ruaa Center (Yemen)

  • Dr Sada Mire, Executive Director of Horn Heritage Organization (Somalia and Somaliland)


2:00pm Welcome & introduction

2:10pm Panel discussion

1. Cultural heritage context in Somalia, Somaliland, Syria, and Yemen

Q&A session

2. Progress and challenges on the operationalization of cultural heritage protection

Q&A session

3. Looking ahead

3:00pm Concluding remarks

3:15pm End of event

Moderation: Fight for Humanity

Language: English

Event registration is mandatory. Once you have registered you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the event on 27 September. You will first access the event waiting room and then the moderator will allow you to join the event at 2:00pm CET.

Asking questions to the panelists You can send your questions in advance to During the event, you can also send your questions to the moderator by chat messages. There will be no direct webcam or microphone interactions between participants and panelists during the event.

The event is part of Fight for Humanity’s Webinar series “First-hand views on human rights and peace”. The objective of these webinars is to give the opportunity to key conflict actors as well as organizations based in conflict areas to express their views on human rights, peace and the protection of civilians.


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