On 5 December 2018 Denmark’s ratification of the 1999 Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict came into force (i.e is now legally binding). The instruments for ratification were deposited by Denmark with the UNESCO General-Director on 5 September 2018. In the official UNESCO statement, Greenland and the Fær Øer islands are not currently included in the ratification.
The 1999 Second Protocol adds to the existing protection under 1954 Hague Convention in regard to the safeguarding of cultural properties and conduct during hostilities. It also defines a new category of protection, named enhanced protection, for cultural properties and establishes sanctions in case of violations and crimes against people’s cultural heritage.
Denmark is now the 82 country adopting the 1999 Second Protocol and strengthening its commitment to heritage protection in armed conflict. Blue Shield International offers its sincere congratulations to Denmark and the Danish National Committee of the Blue Shield.
To learn more about the Danish Committee of the Blue Shield visit Denmark National Committee of the Blue Shield website
Learn more about the 1954 Hague Convention and the 1999 Second Protocol in our Law Library
See the official statement on Denmark’s ratification on the UNESCO webpage
Visit the UNESCO website to learn more about Armed Conflict and Heritage, and the laws protecting it