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To: Australian Permanent Delegation to UNESCO,
CC: Australian Mission to the United Nations,
CC: Ambassador of the United States of America to Australia,

The signatories of this petition strongly object to the unfair confiscation of a collection of invaluable Persian relics, borrowed by Chicago Universitys Oriental Institute to compensate for victims of the 1997 bombing in Israel.

People of Iran have an ancient civilization which is based on respect for other cultures. We introduced the first human right charter to the world when Cyrus the Great freed Jews from slavery of Babylon and rebuilt the ruin of Jerusalem. It is regretful and ironic that recently a federal court in US has ordered to confiscate and put on action the historical asset of our old nation who was pioneer in human rights and respecting for cultural heritages of other nations.

The act of US federal court should be considered as an anti cultural, unfair and unwise decision which is not only insulting our national feelings and looting the monument of our ancestors, but also must be considered as the act of looting one of the greatest cultural treasures of the world. These clay tablets have a very important scientific value and putting them for auction simply means destroying scientific data.

These artifacts are the property of Iranian people, their children and their descendants and must be kept away from all political issues and unproven claims made by different governments. We understand from 1970 UNESCO convention that confiscation of cultural heritages is not acceptable.

Protecting national heritages of other nations is so important that even at the time of war (according to this convention), the export and transfer of ownership of cultural property under compulsion arising directly or indirectly from the occupation of a country by a foreign power shall be regarded as illicit.

We will continue our objections till we achieve our right of retrieving our cultural heritage. Although we have sympathy for victims of terrorist attacks, we condemn the anti-cultural decision of US federal court and ask you to stand up against the unjust decision of this court.

Best regards,

Dr. Niloofar Gheissari, and any one who endorses it.

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