The judgment rendered by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 27 September 2016 in the case Al Faqi Al Mahdi was much awaited for and – for better or for worse – will be remembered as the first decision of an international criminal tribunal in a case completely dedicated to acts directed at cultural heritage.The choice of the ICC Prosecutor to charge a brigade commander ‘only’ with committing the attacks at the monuments, while there could be reason to believe that Al Mhadi also committed other crimes, could be criticised. On the other hand, this choice has led to a quick judgment, adopted at the same time as the sentence, that has immedietely been executed. Considering that crimes of attacking cultural properties undoubtedly constitute a contemporary emergency, this result is extremely significant and «the decision of the International Criminal Court is a landmark in gaining recognition of the importance of heritage for humanity as a whole and for the communities that have preserved it over the centuries. (…) [It] is a crucial step to end impunity for the destruction of cultural heritage»

Mucci, F. (2017). Short and Quickly Delivered, Yet Quite Full of Meaning: The International Criminal Court Judgment about the Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Timbuktu. ITALIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC LAW, Vol. 8(issue 2/2016), 415-423.

Short and Quickly Delivered, Yet Quite Full of Meaning: The International Criminal Court Judgment about the Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Timbuktu

MUCCI, FEDERICA
2017

Abstract

The judgment rendered by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 27 September 2016 in the case Al Faqi Al Mahdi was much awaited for and – for better or for worse – will be remembered as the first decision of an international criminal tribunal in a case completely dedicated to acts directed at cultural heritage.The choice of the ICC Prosecutor to charge a brigade commander ‘only’ with committing the attacks at the monuments, while there could be reason to believe that Al Mhadi also committed other crimes, could be criticised. On the other hand, this choice has led to a quick judgment, adopted at the same time as the sentence, that has immedietely been executed. Considering that crimes of attacking cultural properties undoubtedly constitute a contemporary emergency, this result is extremely significant and «the decision of the International Criminal Court is a landmark in gaining recognition of the importance of heritage for humanity as a whole and for the communities that have preserved it over the centuries. (…) [It] is a crucial step to end impunity for the destruction of cultural heritage»
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destruction of cultural heritage; international criminal court
http://www.ijpl.eu/archive/2016/issue-25/short-and-quickly-delivered-yet-quite-full-of-meaning-the-international-criminal-court-judgment-about-the-intentional-destruction-of-cultural-heritage-in-timbuktu
Mucci, F. (2017). Short and Quickly Delivered, Yet Quite Full of Meaning: The International Criminal Court Judgment about the Intentional Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Timbuktu. ITALIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC LAW, Vol. 8(issue 2/2016), 415-423.
Mucci, F
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