Statement on Targeting of Cultural Sites

01/08/2020 1:37 PM | ACRA Lobbying Team

ACRA and its partners at the Coalition for American Heritage have released the following statement regarding the targeting of cultural sites as a part of military strategy:

The Coalition for American Heritage and its founding organizations oppose any threat to destroy cultural sites as part of a military strategy. The Coalition includes more than 350,000 heritage professionals, scholars, small businesses, non-profit groups, and history-lovers from across the country who support and promote our nation’s commitment to historic preservation.

The deliberate targeting of cultural sites for destruction violates international law, except under the narrowest of circumstances, and robs humanity of our global patrimony. Through our participation in international agreements, America has recognized the universal value of preserving cultural sites around the world. We urge the current administration to affirm our country’s commitment to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, the United National Security Council Resolution 2347, and the 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

Please contact your members of Congress to express the importance of America’s commitment to historic preservation both at home and abroad and encourage them to speak out against the purposeful targeting of cultural sites.

The Coalition for American Heritage makes it easy to take action on this and many more issues important to historic preservation. Contacting your legislators takes just seconds - please visit our action alert to make your voice heard now.

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