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Catching up with Egypt.

Egypt, apparently, leads the world in its appreciation of "Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict", as it signed a UN convention on it in 1955. We are just getting around to doing the same.

Margaret Hodge has the rationale: "The Bill will help to ensure the security of the nation’s most important cultural property in the event of armed conflict and will send a signal to the international community that the UK takes seriously its obligations under international humanitarian law to respect and safeguard the cultural property of other nations".

I do not believe that Her Majesty's forces have gone out of their way to make the life of jobbing Assyriologists any harder than necessary, but here is a list of some of the warring nations that have signed up to this protocol:

Russian Federation (as the successor to the USSR), Egypt, Syria, Iran, Pakistan and Iraq.

I am however prepared to believe that both San Marino and Liechtenstein have observed their obligations under this convention.


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