Why war crimes charges now extend to the destruction of ancient monuments

09 Oct 2015 2:35 PM | Anonymous

Why war crimes charges now extend to the destruction of ancient monuments

By Belkis Wille and James Ross

October 9, 2015

For the first time, the International Criminal Court in The Hague has opened war crimes proceedings against an Islamist militant accused of leading in the destruction of historical monuments.

The charges reflect a heightened global concern about the safety of antiquities across the Middle East and North Africa, including in UNESCO world heritage sites. Islamic State and al Qaeda affiliates are increasingly launching deliberate assaults on treasured religious monuments. 

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/10/09/why-war-crimes-charges-now-extend-to-the-destruction-of-ancient-monuments/