'When cultural heritage is under attack, human rights are under attack' – UN expert

07 Mar 2016 7:31 AM | Anonymous

'When cultural heritage is under attack, human rights are under attack' – UN expert

4 March 2016 – The destruction of cultural heritage is a violation of human rights, a United Nations-appointed expert said today, as the international criminal tribunal began a pre-trial procedure for the first-ever case in which charges were brought against the destruction of cultural and religious sites.

“It is impossible to separate a people's cultural heritage from the people itself and their rights,” Karima Bennoune, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on cultural rights, said in a press statement. “Clearly, we must now understand that when cultural heritage is under attack, it is also the people and their fundamental human rights that are under attack.”

On 1 March, a pre-trial procedure, known as a confirmation of charges hearing, was opened in The Hague by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for a case related to alleged cultural destruction in Timbuktu, Mali. 

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53370#.Vt10ZE3VxtQ