December 17, 2012
Turkish compaigners may go to European Court of Human Rights over Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in British Museum
Turkey is planning on taking the dispute over the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (Currently in the British Museum) to the European Court of Human Rights. This follows on from Turkey’s aggressive campaigning in recent months against various museums holding artefacts from Turkey, where the ownership is disputed.
Turkey turns to human rights law to reclaim British Museum sculptures
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 8 December 2012 19.29 GMT
Human rights legislation that has overturned the convictions of terrorists and rapists could now rob the British Museum of sculptures created for one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
A Turkish challenge in the European court of human rights will be a test case for the repatriation of art from one nation to another, a potential disaster for the world’s museums.
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