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Part III Particular Protections, 11 Cultural Property

William H. Boothby

From: The Law of Targeting

William H Boothby

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 28 February 2024

Cultural property / heritage — Military objectives — Geneva Conventions 1949 Additional Protocol 1 — War crimes — Customary international law
The idea that cultural property should receive particular attention in the law of armed conflict is not new or recent. It has, for some considerable time, been clear that the cultural objects that are recognized as such by mankind in general, or that are valued, recognized, or appreciated by particular racial, ethnic, national, or other groups of people should not be the object of attack. This was not always the case, however, and even in more recent times, cultural objects have been the object of attack.1 The important distinction, however, is that whereas the...
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