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On 17 August 2018, Ireland’s ratification of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its 1999 Second Protocol came into force (i.e. is now legally binding). The instruments for ratification were deposited by Ireland with the UNESCO General-Director on 17 May 2018.

The 1999 Second Protocol adds to the existing protection under the 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.

Ireland is now the 133rd country to ratify the 1954 Hague Convention, and the 80th country to adopt the 1999 Second Protocol, strengthening its commitment to heritage protection in armed conflict. Blue Shield International offers its sincere congratulations to Ireland and the Irish National Committee of the Blue Shield.

[Correction: An earlier version of this article reported that Ireland had also signed and ratified the First Protocol, which is incorrect. We apologise for any confusion caused. 7/3/2019]

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Learn more about the 1954 Hague Convention and its two Protocols in our Law Library
See the official statement on Ireland’s ratification on the UNESCO webpage
Visit the UNESCO website to learn more about Armed Conflict and Heritage, and the laws protecting it