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Sign Of Peace

 

PROTECTION OF ARTISTIC
AND SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTIONS
AND HISTORIC MONUMENTS

 

TREATY
BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AND THE OTHER AMERICAN REPUBLICS

 

The High Contracting Parties, animated by the purpose of giving conventional form to the postulates of the Resolution approved on December 16, 1933, by all the States represented at the Seventh International Conference of American States, held at Montevideo, which recommended to "the Governments of America which have not yet done so that they sign the 'Roerich Pact', initiated by the Roerich Museum in the United States, and which has as its object, the universal adoption of a flag, already designed and generally known, in order thereby to preserve in any time of danger all nationally and privately owned immovable monuments which form the cultural treasure of peoples", have resolved to conclude a treaty with that end in view, and to the effect that the treasures of culture be respected and protected in time of war and in peace, have agreed upon the following articles:

ARTICLE I

The historic monuments, museums, scientific, artistic, educational and cultural institutions shall be considered as neutral and as such respected and protected by belligerents. The same respect and protection shall be due to the personnel of the institutions mentioned above. The same respect and protection shall be accorded to the historic monuments, museums, scientific, artistic, educational and cultural institutions in time of peace as well as in war.

 

ARTICLE II

The neutrality of, and protection and respect due to, the monuments and institutions mentioned in the preceding article, shall be recognized in the entire expanse of territories subject to the sovereignty of each of the signatory and acceding States, without any discrimination as to the State allegiance of said monuments and institutions. The respective Governments agree to adopt the measures of internal legislation necessary to insure said protection and respect.

 

ARTICLE III

In order to identify the monuments and institutions mentioned in article I, use may be made of a distinctive flag (red circle with a triple red sphere in the circle on a white background) in accordance with the model attached to this treaty.

 

ARTICLE IV

The signatory Governments and those which accede to this treaty, shall send to the Pan American Union, at the time of signature or accession, or at any time thereafter, a list of the monuments and institutions for which they desire the protection agreed to in this treaty. The Pan American Union, when notifying the Governments of signatures or accessions, shall also send the list of monuments and institutions mentioned in this article, and shall inform the other Governments of any changes in said list.

 

ARTICLE V

The monuments and institutions mentioned in article I shall cease to enjoy the privileges recognized in the present treaty in case they are made use of for military purposes.

 

ARTICLE VI

The States which do not sign the present treaty on the date it is opened for signature, may sign or adhere to it at any time.

 

ARTICLE VII

The instruments of accession, as well as those of ratification and denunciation of the present treaty, shall be deposited with the Pan American Union, which shall communicate notice of the act of deposit to the other signatory or acceding States.

 

ARTICLE VIII

The present treaty may be denounced at any time by any of the signatory or acceding States, and the denunciation shall go into effect three months after notice of it has been given to the other signatory or acceding States.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Undersigned Plenipotentiaries, after having deposited their full powers found to be in due and proper form, sign this treaty on behalf of their respective governments, and affix thereto their seals, on the dates appearing opposite their signatures.

 

For the Argentine Republic:

April 15, 1935

FELIPE A. ESPIL

 

For Bolivia:

April 15, 1935

ENRIQUE FINOT

 

For Brazil:

April 15, 1935

OSWALDO ARANHA

 

For Chile:

April 15, 1935

M. TRUCCO

 

For Colombia:

April 15, 1935

M. LOPEZ PUMAREJO

 

For Costa Rica:

April 15, 1935

MAN. GONZALEZ

 

For Cuba:

April 15, 1935

GUILLERMO PATTERSON

 

For the Dominican Republic:

April 15, 1935

RAF. BRACHE

 

For Ecuador:

April 15, 1935

C. E. ALFARO

 

For El Salvador:

April 15, 1935

HECTOR DAVID CASTRO

 

For Guatemala:

April 15, 1935

ADRIAN RECINOS

 

For Haiti:

April 15, 1935

A. BLANCHET

 

For Honduras:

April 15, 1935

M. PAZ BARAONA

 

For Mexico:

April 15, 1935

F. CASTILLO NAJERA

 

For Nicaragua:

April 15, 1935

HENRI DE BAYLE

 

For Panama:

April 15, 1935

R. J. ALFARO

 

For Paraguay:

April 15, 1935

ENRIQUE BORDENAVE

 

For Peru:

April 15, 1935

M. DE FREYRE Y S.

 

For the United States of America:

April 15, 1935

HENRY A. WALLACE

 

For Uruguay:

April 15, 1935

J. RICHLING

 

For Venezuela:

April 15, 1935

PEDRO M. ARCAYA

 

A ND WHEREAS the said Treaty has been duly ratified by the United States of America, whose instrument of ratification was deposited with the Pan American Union on July 13, 1935;

A ND WHEREAS the said Treaty has been duly ratified also by the Republic of Cuba, whose instrument of ratification was deposited with the Pan American Union on August 26, 1935;

N OW, THEREFORE be it known that I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, have caused the said Treaty to be made public to the end that the same and every article and clause thereof may be observed and fulfilled with good faith by the United States of America and the citizens thereof.

I N TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have caused the Seal of the United States of America to be hereunto affixed.

D ONE at the city of Washington this twenty-fifth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and thirty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and sixtieth.

 

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

By the President:
CORDELL HULL
Secretary of State.

 

 

 

 

M E S S A G E

FROM

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

TRANSMITING

 

A TREATY ON THE PROTECTION OF ARTISTIC AND SCIENTIFIC INSTITUTIONS AND HISTORIC MONUMENTS WHICH WAS SIGNED AT WASHINGTON ON APRIL 15, 1935, BY THE RESPECTIVE PLENIPOTENTIARIES OF THE 21 AMERICAN REPUBLICS

 

May 20, 1935. - Agreement read the first time and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations, and, together with message, ordered to be printed in confidence for the use of the Senate

 

To the Senate of the United States:
With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, I transmit herewith a treaty on the protection of artistic and scientific institutions and historic monuments which was signed in my presence at the White House on April 15, 1935, by the respective plenipotentiaries of the 21 American republics. It was signed for the United States by the Secretary of Agriculture by virtue of a full power issued to him by me.
As is stated in the accompanying report of the Secretary of State, the treaty, embodying the "Roerich Pact" which was initiated by the Roerich Museum in the United States, was prepared in its present purpose of carrying out a recommendation made to the governments in a resolution approved on December 16, 1933, by the Seventh International Conference of American States at Montevideo.

 

F RANKLIN D . R OOSEVELT.

T HE W HITE H OUSE, May 20, 1935.

 

THE PRESIDENT:

The undersigned, the Secretary of State, has the honor to lay before the President, with a view to its transmission to the Senate to receive the advice and consent of that body to ratification, should his judgment approve thereof, a treaty on the protection of artistic and scientific institutions and historic monuments. This treaty, embodying the "Roerich Pact" which was initiated by the Roerich Museum in the United States, was prepared in its present form by the governing board of the Pan American Union in pursuance of a resolution approved on December 16, 1933, by the Seventh International Conference of American States at Montevideo, and was signed at Washington on April 15, 1935, by the respective plenipotentiaries of the 21 American Republics.
The treaty has for its object the protection of historic monuments, museums, scientific, artistic, educational, and cultural institutions both in time of peace and in time of war, and provides for the use of a distinctive flag to identify the monuments and institutions coming within the protection of the treaty.
Respectfully submitted.

C ORDELL H ULL.

D EPARTMENT OF STATE,
Washington, May 20, 1935.

 

 


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