The International Criminal Court—for the destruction of cultural heritage?
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.
By Brian I Daniels
November 28, 2016