Cultural Property When considering what cultural heritage is protected during conflict, there are many definitions of cultural heritage and cultural property in international law. The earliest law relating to the protection of cultural objects is the so-called "Lieber Code" of 1863, which called for the protection of museums of the fine arts, works of art, libraries, [...]
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It has long been considered inevitable that during armed conflict cultural heritage will be damaged and destroyed. Whilst there has been widespread consideration of how to protect communities, their heritage has not received the same thought. Although their advice was largely ignored, for over 2,500 years military theorists – from Sun Tzu in 6th century [...]
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Building on the firm belief that cultural heritage is inseparable from people, the Blue Shield always puts the needs of people before the protection of cultural property. However, we also acknowledge the work of those who have willingly chosen to risk their lives to protect heritage (see examples in this news article about Syria in [...]
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The Blue Shield is: committed to the protection of the world’s cultural property, and is concerned with the protection of cultural and natural heritage, tangible and intangible, in the event of armed conflict, natural- or human-made disaster. (Article 2.1, Blue Shield Statutes 2016) The Blue Shield believes strongly that our work will be more effective [...]
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