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UNESCO Declaration Concerning the Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage 17 October 2003

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This chapter deals with the various articles of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Declaration concerning the intentional destruction of cultural heritage adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO, meeting in Paris, held on 17 October 2003. The international community recognizes the importance of the protection of cultural heritage and reaffirms its commitment to fight against its intentional destruction in any form so that such cultural heritage may be transmitted to the succeeding generations. The present Declaration addresses intentional destruction of cultural heritage including cultural heritage linked to a natural site. States should take all appropriate measures to prevent, avoid, stop and suppress acts of intentional destruction of cultural heritage, wherever such heritage is located.

Keywords: cultural heritage; international law; UNESCO



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