The 1954 Hague Convention Blue Shield Emblems of Protection

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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.

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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