Getty: Our Responsibility to Protect Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones

Getty: Our Responsibility to Protect Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones. “Monuments of cultural heritage should be protected for what they are: sources of local communal identity and civil society, economic recovery, and, through the military concept of courageous restraint, regional security. For too long, the international community has been slow to respond to this challenge. But things have finally begun to change. In 1998 the Treaty of Rome established the International Criminal Court (ICC) and stipulated as crimes against humanity ‘intentional attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science, or charitable purposes, historic monuments…provided they are not military objectives.’ In September 2016 it secured its first conviction, when Ahmad Al Faqi Al-Mahdi confessed to attacking historic and religious buildings in Timbuktu.”