Cultural heritage

There is a growing recognition that attacks against the cultural heritage of a people constitute a form of attack against the people itself. The protection of cultural heritage – often of irreplaceable historical or religious artifacts – thus contributes to the protection of their dignity and identity of a group. Long protected by IHL, the link to humanitarian action is not yet well-developed, and cultural heritage is a likely area of programmatic expansion.
Abandoned tank standing in front of ruined mosque
Photo: Christiaan Triebert

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