In the aftermath of the well-publicized devastation of heritage sites in Syria – most notably Palmyra – and growing evidence that extremist groups like ISIS derive some revenue from looting, the notion of a responsibility to protect cultural property in conflict is becoming accepted beyond heritage conservation. In this year’s Queen’s Speech, the UK government has now outlined a bill to ratify the 1954 Hague Convention and its two Protocols, the chief legal mechanism for protecting cultural property in conflict zones. If passed, this would present a unique opportunity for the UK to become an effective global leader in this area.… Seguir leyendo »
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