Protection of Cultural Property Manual

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A practical guide to assist military forces in implementing the rules of international law for the protection of cultural property in armed conflict has been published.

The UNESCO Manual, Protection of Cultural Property Military, is intended to respond to the growing needs of military forces to better take into account the protection of cultural heritage in situations of conflict, and specifically, assists military forces with the implementation of The Hague 1954 Convention and its 1999 Second Protocol.

The Manual was launched during a high-level panel on “Targeting Heritage: in search of new paradigms – save heritage through dialogue” at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 5 December 2016. The publication is supported by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (Sanremo, Italy) and funded by the Republic of Azerbaijan.

More information on the Manual can be found on the UNESCO website. The Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, recently confirmed the UK Armed Services will form a Cultural Property Protection Unit made up of arts and heritage professionals to train Armed Services personnel in protecting cultural property.