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Country Life Every Week - - Athena - Cul­tural Cru­sader

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

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