Destruction of heritage now a war crime: new UN Security Council resolution

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.

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UN Security Council adopts historic resolution for the protection of heritage

UNESCO Press Release

March 24, 2017

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