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.
UNESCO Press Release
March 24, 2017