Historically, protection of cultural property during armed conflict was not practiced. But, in 1863, the first laws were enacted. Many more policies, laws and treaties to protect cultural heritage have been adopted worldwide since then.
The U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield is committed to issuing alerts when the preservation of cultural heritage anywhere in the world is threatened by armed conflict or natural disaster. Whenever possible, we do this in conjunction with our national and internationalpartners and affiliates in order to reach a large audience.