“This bill reinforces New Zealand’s role as a good international citizen by fully joining us up to the system of international measures to dissuade would-be traffickers of stolen cultural goods,” Mr Finlayson said. It also strengthens the current practices of our armed services personnel overseas.
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This bill relates to the 1954 Hague Convention or to quote its full title, the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The Hague Convention was passed as a result of the widespread devastation and destruction of cultural significant property during World War II. It recognises that mutual commitment between nations is necessary in order to protect the world’s cultural heritage from the consequences of war.
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