Illicit Traffic

Following reports of widespread damage and looting at cultural heritage sites in Syria, ICOM decided to publish the Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk with the aim to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Syrian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. In order to facilitate identification, the Emergency Red List illustrates the categories or types of cultural items that are most likely to be illegally bought and sold. For more information visit the website of the World Museum Community ICOM.

Video Unesco Chief

Appeal to safeguard Syrian cultural heritage by the Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova (to watch click on the picture above)

For more information on the actions undertaken at the national level by Syria and on the international level by UNESCO to fight the illicit trade in artefacts and the illegal excavations, visit UNESCO’s website here.

Click on the picture below to go to the Red List.

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