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Government Ratifies Hague Convention on Protecting Cultural Property

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said:

“We are delighted the UK has ratified the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of Armed Conflict and that it will be fully in place in the UK by the end of this year.

We are particularly pleased that Government has signed up to both the Protocols attached to the Convention, the second of which commits enhanced protection for UK cultural heritage of the greatest importance to humanity. In circumstances where there is so much damage being caused to heritage sites in conflict zones worldwide, the need for the Hague Convention is greater than ever.

The UK’s ratification of the Convention is one of a package of measures, including the Cultural Protection Fund and the development of a Military Cultural Protection Unit within the armed forces, that sends a strong message that the UK is determined to play a key part in protecting heritage worldwide.”

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