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The Czech MFA Organized a Seminar on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict
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The Czech MFA Organized a Seminar on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a seminar on the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict on June 19, 2018. An expert from UNESCO Jan Hladík, the President of the Czech Red Cross Marek Jukl and representatives of relevant Czech ministries and other Czech authorities and universities participated in the seminar.

Currently, the Czech Republic is a member of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and a party to most of relevant treaties covering this area of international humanitarian law. In 2017, the Czech Republic submitted a nomination of Villa Tugendhat for granting enhanced protection under the Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and contemplates submitting further similar nominations to this list. For example the historical center of Prague. The aim of the seminar, opened by the Director of the International Law Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Petr Válek, was to discuss relevant aspects of this topic, including practicalities concerning nominations of cultural property for enhanced protection, legal and theoretical aspects of such protection under international law, and practical problems concerning the protection of cultural property during combat operations.

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