Magna Carta, Anne Frank Diaries in UNESCO list

Magna Carta, Anne Frank Diaries in UNESCO list

Diary of a young girl- Anne Frank

Koichiro Matsuura, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), announced on Wednesday that these items will be inscribed on the body's Memory of the World Register after they were recommended by a panel of international experts who have gathered in Barbados this week.

With this there are now 193 inscriptions on the register, which began in 1997 and aims to preserve and promote documentary heritage that is considered to be of global significance and often endangered.

The newly inscribed items include the Magna Carta, the English legal charter from 1215 that is considered highly influential to the development of liberty, law and democracy worldwide, and the diaries of Anne Frank, the Dutch Jewish schoolgirl whose account of her family's daily life in hiding under Nazi occupation before she was killed is now one of the world's most read books.

This year's additions also include the royal archives of Thailand and Madagascar; the so-called Archives of Terror from Paraguay, which document police repression during 35 years of dictatorship that ended in 1989; the archives of the League of Nations, the forerunner of the UN; and the archives of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia, which contain photographs and other documents showing the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s.

One of the newest items to be inscribed is the collection of documents recording the 600-kilometre-long peaceful human chain that formed in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 1989 to press the case for freedom in those Baltic countries, which were then part of the Soviet Union.

Other additions include more than 34,000 Vietnamese woodblocks depicting the official literature and history of the country; the collected works of Canadian animator Norman McLaren; Song of the Nibelungs, the heroic poem from mediaeval Germany and a registry of slaves of the British Caribbean from the early 19th century.

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