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UN: Destruction of Cultural Heritage Equals Cultural Warfare

The destruction of cultural heritage is a form of cultural warfare and a violation of human rights, says a special U.N. investigator on cultural rights.  A report to be submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council this week documents attacks against cultural and religious sites in global conflicts. In 2001, the Taliban in Afghanistan destroyed the colossal Buddhas of Bamiyan statues.  In 2012, Islamists destroyed eight mausoleums and ancient manuscripts in Timbuktu, northern...

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