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The Bill will "enable the United Kingdom to implement the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict of 1954 and the Protocols to that Convention of 1954 and 1999".
The House of Commons Library analysis (25 October 2016) can be found here.
The aims of the Bill are as follows:
- create offences to protect cultural property (as defined by the Convention) in the event of armed conflict
- create offences relating to the unauthorised use of the “Blue Shield” – the emblem used to identify cultural property protected under the Convention and its Protocols
- make it an offence to deal in cultural property illegally exported from occupied territory
- introduce immunity from seizure for cultural property which is being transported to, or through, the UK for safekeeping
There has been considerable discussion and debate through the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Cultural Heritage.