On July 9 2008, a post entitled “Saving Antiquities for Everyone: Grassroots or Astro Turf?” appeared on the blog “Cultural Property Observer” which raised questions about SAFE’s membership, funding sources, position on the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild and coin collecting, as well as SAFECORNER’s support “for Iraqi Government control over Jewish holy books” and “SAFE members’ kudos for China’s treatment of Tibet’s cultural heritage at the CPAC hearing on the Chinese request for import restrictions.”
We think that this is a good opportunity for SAFE, who runs SAFECORNER, to bring our readers’ attention to the information on the SAFE website, which also answer these questions raised by “Cultural Property Observer”.
Please read “Who is SAFE?” to learn about the people who keep SAFE going.
To date, SAFE has not received government funds.
Position on the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild and coin trade:
Please read paragraph 3 of SAFE’s Statement of Principles:
SAFE encourages legal and ethical behavior among collectors, dealers, and museums to stop the trade in illicit antiquities. SAFE recognizes the ability of individuals and institutions to lawfully acquire and properly retain or transfer title of antiquities where authorized by law. However, antiquities are more than just aesthetic objects of beauty; they serve as historical evidence of the past. Because principles of supply and demand influence illegal antiquities trafficking, purchasers of antiquities should recognize that high demand can entice others to illegally excavate archaeological sites, smuggle illicit antiquities, and sell stolen objects. Such unlawful and unethical behavior permanently destroys information about the past.
SAFE has made no statement about the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild.
SAFECORNER’s support “for Iraqi Government control over Jewish holy books”:
Please see paragraph 2 of SAFE’s Statement of Principles and Import Restrictions Imposed on Archaeological and Ethnological Material of Iraq sections III.G.1, IX.F and X.D.
SAFE promotes respect for the laws and treaties that protect cultural heritage and property. SAFE favors accountability for those who violate United States laws and/or tolerate the violation of other countries’ laws in pursuit of cultural artifacts. SAFE supports the enforcement of international and bilateral cultural property agreements.
“SAFE members’ kudos for China’s treatment of Tibet’s cultural heritage at the CPAC hearing on the Chinese request for import restrictions”:
The word “Tibet” doesn’t even appear in any of the 3 statements supplied by SAFE members to the CPAC committee.
Finally, we would like to point out that while SAFECORNER invites members of the SAFE community and other experts and opinion leaders in the field of cultural heritage protection to post on the blog, it does not necessarily mean that the opinions of the authors represent those of SAFECORNER, or the organization SAFE. SAFECORNER provides an open forum for discussion where dialogs begin, ideas exchange, and concrete solutions emerge concerning looting and the illicit antiquities trade. Please also read Blogging on SAFECORNER.
For further information, please review the SAFE’s Terms and Conditions of Use, specifically sections 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3.
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