Our Mission Statement
Our mission is the restitution of the Parthenon Marbles. We want to see all existing pieces from the monument, scattered in museums and private collections around the world, returned to their place of origin. Athens Greece.
History of the IOC-A-RPM
Despite a mounting international campaign the British government has refused to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.
In response, the AHEPA (Australia) Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles was formed in 1981 and chaired by Emanuel John Comino AM, JP. It was the first committee in the world set up for return of the Parthenon Marbles.
In 1997, the Minister for Culture in the Greek Government, Professor Evangelos Venizelos, asked that provision for non – AHEPAN and non-Hellenic members be made so the group was renamed INTERNATIONAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE – AUSTRALIA – FOR THE RESTITUTION OF THE PARTHENON MARBLES Inc. (IOC-A-RPM)
In 2000 E.J. Comino and Gerald O’Brien establiushed a New Zealand Committee with Gerald O’Brien as President.
In 2007 this Committee was successful in persuading the New Zealand Government to pass unanimously a motion to support the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.
IOC-A-RPM aims to bring pressure to bear on governments and influences public opinion to ensIure the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.
The committee coordinates its efforts with associated international committees.
The Parthenon Marbles were and remain an integral part of the Parthenon, a monument to the glory of Classical Greece and the civilisation it gave the world.