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Multiculturalism And The Development Of International Humanitarian Law

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The origins of the basic principles of international humanitarian law as we know it today date from the age of the enlightenment in Europe, from the 18th century. The relevant parts of international humanitarian law are the rules on the treatment of persons in the hand of an adverse party (detainees, population of an occupied territory) and the protection of physical manifestations of culture (cultural property). In the case of occupation, cultural property is already protected by Art. 56 of the Hague Regulations. There is a definite link between the preservation of multiculturalism in times of armed conflict and international humanitarian law. On the one hand, the effective application and implementation of international humanitarian law requires a multicultural approach being taken towards different groups and their activities and achievements. On the other hand, international humanitarian law protects that multicultural approach.

Keywords: armed conflict; cultural property; international humanitarian law; multiculturalism; occupied territory



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