Considerations on the Legitimacy of Organizing a Humanitarian Intervention Aimed to Halt the Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage

Alberto Frigerio


Since its inception in Iraq, ISIS has been responsible for the pillaging and destruction of numerous cultural sites, notwithstanding the protests of the international community. None of the solutions proposed and implemented to stop this devastation have so far obtained adequate results. This article analyzes the legitimacy of organizing a humanitarian intervention aimed at preserving cultural heritage from such kinds of destructive actions. Two critical issues are addressed: first, the legitimacy of using armed force to preserve cultural heritage on the behalf of the international community; second, the technical difficulties associated with the development of such a practice.

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cultural heritage, intentional destruction, humanitarian intervention, responsibility to protect

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