A global weapon to combat art attacks
IT now seems likely that the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill will receive the Royal Assent before the end of January. Its uncontentious passage through Parliament has been helped by the universal revulsion at the deliberate targeting of cultural heritage in Iraq, Syria and Libya.
The new legislation will ratify into English law the main provisions of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property and its protocols. The UK was a signatory, but didn’t ratify the treaty because of concerns that it failed to provide an adequate regime for the protection of cultural property. Those concerns were answered by the convention’s second protocol, adopted in 1999, which both set out the procedures by which signatories identify and protect their cultural heritage and