CAIRO, AUG 23 (SEE) – The Egyptian Academy for Science & Technology, in collaboration with Farouk El-Baz Center for Sustainability and Future Studies at the British University in Egypt, launched a national campaign titled “Civilization Rights to Build Civilization.”
The campaign aims to raise awareness of issues related to the intellectual property rights of ancient Egyptian civilization against unauthorized commercialization gains.
“With over 7000 years of flourished history and heritage, Egypt is the only country in the world that has its name attached to a science concerning its culture and ancient history: Egyptology. Moreover, the fascination with the Egyptian heritage has existed for millennia and is expressed with a common term known as Egyptomania. To this end, the campaign aims to raise awareness among the Egyptians and the international community regarding the moral and materials rights of exploiting antiquities, symbols, and any form of culture or heritage expression of the ancient Egyptian civilization for commercial purpose.” said Dr. Ahmed Rashed, Professor of Architecture and Director Farouk El-Baz Center for Sustainability and Future Studies at BUE.
The campaign also calls for the scientific community and those who practice and study Egyptology; maintain any form of admiration for the ancient Egyptian history, language, literature, religion, or architecture; and/or believe in responsible tourism to embrace the cause and educate others on their role as global citizens to engage in open dialogue/discussions, and challenge current legal discourses that facilitate commercial exploitation of the Egyptian heritage for free.
A short educational movie has been produced to raise awareness of the cause.