An Appeal for the Release of Susanne Osthoff

December 4, 2005 IW&A Documents, 7

Updated December 8, 2005

Fifteen archaeological, cultural-heritage and humanitarian non-governmental organizations from around the world appeal for the release of archaeologist Susanne Osthoff and her escort in  Iraq.
For immediate release.
New York,  December 8, 2005
Press contacts:
Roger Atwood: (202) 518 8630,
Micah Garen: (646) 526 4361,
We, the undersigned cultural organizations, are deeply concerned about the safety of Susanne Osthoff and her escort, and we appeal for Susanne’s swift release so that she may be reunited with her family.
An archaeologist and humanitarian aid worker, Susanne has worked tirelessly for many years to aid the Iraqi people and to preserve the cultural treasures of  Iraq for all Iraqis. She is truly a friend to all the people of  Iraq.
We appeal to those holding Susanne for her safe release, and for the safe release of her escort, and trust that you will return them to their families who love them.

World Archaeological Congress
Claire Smith, President
Society for American Archaeology
Kenneth M. Ames, President
Archaeological  Institute of America
Archaeologists for Human Rights
Sinje Caren Stoyke, Chairwoman
Register of Professional Archaeologists
Charles M. Niquette, President
Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation
Global Heritage Fund
Jeff Morgan, President
Society for Historical Archaeology
Dr. Judy Bense, President
Saving Antiquities for Everyone – SAFE
Cindy Ho, President
ICON – World Monuments Fund
Angela Schuster, Editor-in-Chief
The American Academic Research Institute in  Iraq
McGuire Gibson, President

The International Association for Assyriology
Jack M. Sasson, President

Carr Foundation
Greg Carr, President

International Rescue Committee

American Schools of Oriental Research
Lawrence T. Geratry, President