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Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict The Hague, 26 March 1999
Protection of cultural property in occupied territory
Article 9 Protection of cultural property in occupied territory
1. Without prejudice to the provisions of Articles 4
of the Convention, a Party in occupation of the whole or part of the territory of another Party shall prohibit and prevent in relation to the occupied territory:
a. any illicit export, other removal or transfer of ownership of cultural property;
b. any archaeological excavation, save where this is strictly required to safeguard, record or preserve cultural property;
c. any alteration to, or change of use of, cultural property which is intended to conceal or destroy cultural, historical or scientific evidence.
2. Any archaeological excavation of, alteration to, or change of use of, cultural property in occupied territory shall, unless circumstances do not permit, be carried out in close co-operation with the competent national authorities of the occupied territory.