The 1954 Hague Convention Blue Shield Emblems of Protection

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The 1954 Hague Convention Blue Shield Emblems of Protection

The Blue Shield is a symbol of protection that identifies cultural property to be protected in the event of armed conflict and those responsible for protecting it, defined under international law. The 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict describes the logo and lays down conditions for its use. Misuse of the emblem is prohibited under article 17 of the 1954 Hague Convention, and more generally under customary international law, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Blue Shield International has prepared a guidance document which describes the blue shield emblem, its purpose, the conditions of use, and a style guide (including colour values). Please contact us to receive Photoshop files of the emblem. It has also prepared a brief guidance note on what constitutes misuse and imitation.

This year is the 70th anniversary of the 1954 Hague Convention - you can download an information pack and a logo for use here too!

In any literature or document depicting the emblem, including in digital form, a note or footnote should be included, unless impracticable or unnecessary, stating the following (or wording to similar effect): "The cultural emblem is a protective symbol used during armed conflicts and its use is restricted by law”.

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Hague Convention 70 Anniversary - BSI Info pack_Feb 2024.pdfDownload
Anniversary logo (1)Download
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Use and Misuse of Blue Shield emblems.pdfDownload
The Blue Shield Emblem_ Guidance for use_May 2022.pdfDownload
BSI UNESCO _Le marquage distinctif des biens culturels - règles et pratiques.pdfDownload
BSI UNESCO -Identificación de bienes culturales - normas y prácticas.pdfDownload
BSI UNESCO_Distinctive marking of cultural property - rules and practices.pdfDownload
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Distinctive emblem for cultural property under Special Protection.jpgDownload
Distinctive emblem for cultural property under Enhanced Protection.jpgDownload
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