Human Rights Watch issues new report on the impact of war on cultural heritage

This article was first published by Human Rights Watch.

There has been growing awareness and concern about the damage and destruction that armed conflict inflicts on cultural heritage. Such heritage ranges from ancient archaeological sites to modern exemplars of architecture, world-renowned monuments to regional museums, places of religious worship to centers for artistic performance. Cultural heritage passes from one generation to another and is of global and local significance. Harm to cultural heritage is, therefore, inseparable from harm to the civilian population.

In recent armed conflicts—in Gaza, Myanmar, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, and elsewhere—this use of explosive weapons has caused foreseeable long-term harm to heritage.