UIA International Union of Architects
Louise Cox AM, President
33, Avenue du Maine-BP 158
75755 Paris cedex 15, France
12th August 2009
Mr Abe Hayeem RIBA
Chair, Architects & Planners for Justice in Palestine
Dear Mr Hayeem
RE: WHY ISRAELI POLICY ON PALESTINE IS AN ARCHITECTURAL ISSUE FOR ALL PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES
Thank you for your letter to me as President of UIA, of 22nd June 2009. I understand that you also sent it to all members of the UIA Council.
The Council at its meeting in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil on 31st July 2009 noted your letter and its attachment. It asked me to let you and your organization know of our existing Policy regarding this sort of matter.
UIA has a policy on this issue that was made as Resolution 13 at the UIA Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey from 8th to 10th July 2005. It reads as follows:
“The UIA Council condemns development projects and the construction of buildings on land that has been ethnically purified or illegally appropriated, and projects based on regulations that are ethnically or culturally discriminatory, and similarly it condemns all action contravening the fourth Geneva Convention”
The Council also asked that the UIA Secretariat send a letter to every UIA Member Section reminding them of this policy, which we have done today.
Louise Cox AM