UNESCO moves world heritage meeting to Paris following Bahraini unrest

The Paris-based UN cultural branch UNESCO announced Wednesday to move the venue of the 35th session of the World Heritage Committee to Paris from Bahrain’s capital Manama, which is undergoing political unrest.

“Due to the prevailing situation in the Kingdom of Bahrain and following consultations with Bahraini authorities, the Director- General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has decided to change the venue .. . from its initially planned location in Bahrain’s capital Manama, to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris,” the organization said in a statement.

“This decision was reached following the declaration of a state of emergency in the country, and the UN security constraints,” it added.

The session was scheduled in June and the specific date still waits to be announced.

Last week, King of Bahrain, Hamed ibn Isa Khalifa, declared a three-month state of emergency and imposed curfews in several areas of the capital Manama after anti-government protests troubled the tiny Gulf nation for weeks.

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