On February 19, the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy supported bill No. 0036 on Ukraine’s accession to the Second Protocol of the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.
As the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Vladimir Borodyanskyi explained on his Telegram channel, “this bill is the most important for protecting our heritage in the temporarily occupied territories.”
The purpose of this bill is to improve the protection of cultural property in the armed conflict regions, and creation system of enhanced protection of specially identified categories of cultural property.
The bill establishes additional restrictions on the application of the principle of “military necessity”, introduces the institution of “enhanced protection”. The issue of criminal prosecution for crimes against cultural property has been developed and regulated.
It is proposed to ratify the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention, which will give Ukraine the opportunity to apply to UNESCO with requests for technical assistance in organizing the protection of cultural property. also receive additional tools for monitoring and protecting cultural property in the occupied territories.
The draft law was developed in response to an action plan for the implementation of the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, the European Atomic Energy Community.