Peer furious at UK 'dithering' over treaty to protect cultural heritage

20 Apr 2015 7:11 AM | Anonymous

Peer furious at UK ‘dithering’ over treaty to protect cultural heritage

Lord Renfrew says artefacts in Iraq endangered by war would be protected under the Hague convention

Dalya Alberge

One of Britain’s foremost archaeologists has voiced his fury over the government’s apparent refusal to ratify an international treaty to protect cultural property.

Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, a Conservative peer and Cambridge academic, said the world had watched in horror as Isis militants destroyed ancient artefacts in Iraq. Yet, he said, Britain “dithered” rather than join other countries in ratifying the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which was adopted at The Hague in 1954. He told the Observer: “It seems outrageous that Britain doesn’t adhere to the convention, which makes it illegal to do those things in Iraq.”
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