The International Criminal Court (ICC), based in The Hague in the Netherlands, was established in 2002 primarily to handle issues that national courts do not and/or that the United Nations deem necessary for prosecution as a matter of global security. Recently, the ICC handed down a verdict against an individual from Mali for the destruction of cultural property in Timbuktu, a World Heritage city, making this the first case tried by the ICC for the destruction of cultural property as a war crime, and the first conviction for the same.
Is the destruction of cultural property a war crime?
By Brian I Daniels
November 28, 2016