21.06.2019 - Culture Sector

PROTECTION OF CULTURAL PROPERTY IN TIMES OF ARMED CONFLICT IN RWANDA

Tural Mustafayev © UNESCO

The protection of cultural property in times of armed conflict has been discussed at the 5th Commonwealth Red Cross and Red Crescent Conference on International Humanitarian Law, which took place on 10-14 June 2019 in Kigali (Rwanda).

The Conference was organized by the British Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Commonwealth Secretariat and co-hosted by the Government of Rwanda and Rwandan Red Cross. In the course of the Conference over 150 delegates from more than 35 Commonwealth countries and their Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies discussed a wide range of international humanitarian law (IHL) issues, including the addressing serious violations of IHL, cyber warfare, protection of civilians and cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict. The Conference adopted the Outcome Document recalling the 20th anniversary of the 1999 Second Protocol and highlighting its importance in providing greater protection to cultural property.

UNESCO and the International Committee of the Red Cross will continue to work closely to strengthen compliance with the norms governing the protection of cultural property.

 




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