Lords put pressure on UK government to sign Hague Convention this year

21 Jan 2016 9:56 AM | Anonymous

Lords put pressure on UK government to sign Hague Convention this year

Move could allow cultural heritage experts to set up Blue Shield headquarters in London

by Anny Shaw  |  21 January 2016

Members of the House of Lords and leading cultural heritage experts are again calling on the government to ratify the Hague Convention seven months after it agreed to sign the international agreement. If parliament swiftly ratifies the treaty’s two protocols before any of the other five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the UK will also be in a position to set up a headquarters in London for the Blue Shield, the cultural equivalent of the Red Cross.

During a debate in the House of Lords on 14 January, Baroness Andrews said there was a “growing sense of urgency” to sign the convention following “grotesque failures in Iraq” and “the increasing barbarity in Syria”. She added: “The events of the past six months have, I believe, changed the game.” 

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