NZ signs up to protect culture and heritage in times of war

06 Dec 2012 8:18 AM | Anonymous

NZ signs up to protect culture and heritage in times of war

A bill that gives effect to New Zealand’s international obligations to protect cultural property from destruction or theft in times of war has been passed by the House.

The Cultural Property (Protection in Armed Conflict) Bill strengthens the current operational practice and excellent reputation of our armed services personnel overseas with respect to protecting cultural property in war zones Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Chris Finlayson said.

The bill make acts against cultural property such as vandalism or attacks during times of armed conflict an offence, and makes the removal of cultural property from occupied territory and dealing in such property criminal offences.

http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/nz-signs-protect-culture-and-heritage-times-war/5/142674

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