chapter  6
Human rights and cultural property protection in times of conflict
ByPeter Stone
Pages 14

It is taken as an axiom that the ability to access and control the interpretation of one’s past is a fundamental human right – albeit, as the above quote demonstrates so eloquently, one denied to many. Sifakies Faties was in Sabratha as the Libyan Civil War approached Tripoli and the site had been the focus of intense fighting. While cultural property1 can be, and not infrequently is, specifically targeted much damage is ‘collateral’, as appears to be the case at Sabratha: an unintended consequence of fighting. Both however affect the human rights of those who find themselves in the midst of conflict.