“A clear link between crimes committed against people and attacks on their cultural heritage”
In the first case of its kind, the International Criminal Court tried, and convicted, a person for the intentional destruction of cultural heritage. In 2012, anal-Qaeda affiliated group entered the country of Mali in 2012 and proceeded to impose their strict version of Islamic law, including the destruction of cultural property. This one man eventually ended up convicted by the ICC.
By Marlise Simons
The New York Times
August 22, 2016