[JURIST] Fearing damage to historic sites, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [official site] has called for action against illegal digs and looting in Iraq. Director-general Koichiro Matsuura [official profile] said archeological sites as well as museums [BBC News report] are being damaged by thefts of items. He also expressed concern that construction of new military bases might ruin ancient historic sites. UNESCO provides a press release in French. Xinhua has more.