Political targeting of heritage sites in times of war is nothing new. What is new, however, is a resolution recently passed by the United Nations Security Council that makes such action a war crime. The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, recently addressed the UN Security Council in support of this resolution. This marked the first time a UNESCO Director-General has ever addressed the UN Security Council in this manner, and represents a culmination of international advocacy for the protection of cultural heritage during times of armed conflict.
UN Security Council adopts historic resolution for the protection of heritage
UNESCO Press Release
March 24, 2017