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.
USCBS addresses the challenge of protecting cultural property during armed conflict
Raising public awareness about the importance of cultural property as the shared heritage of all humankind.
Promoting U.S. legal protections for and commitments to cultural property, consistent with the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its Protocols.