Iran Urges UNESCO Push to Protect Cultural Heritage in Syria, Iraq

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In a meeting with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in Paris on Thursday, President Rouhani reminded international organizations, UNESCO in particular, of their heavy responsibility to safeguard the cultural heritage in war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq. The president further called on UNESCO to take a more active role in using “cultural capacities” to combat violence and terrorism, specifically to prevent destruction … Read More

Help SAFE #HonorNepal

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SAFE’s campaign of protecting cultural heritage extends to a global perspective. In the right context, the world’s past is the world’s future and protecting Nepal’s past means saving history that is our own. Having one of the highest concentrations of UNESCO world heritage sites in the world, Nepal is a nation who’s cultural legacy affects us all. The devastating earthquake this … Read More

How can we think about cultural heritage when life is lost?

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Before and after photos leave nothing to the imagination: Nepal has suffered a tremendous loss to its cultural heritage when a massive earthquake hit the small Himalayan nation on April 25, 2015. Should we be concerned about culture when the death toll is still mounting every minute? We know countless people have suffered the devastation of losing family members and loved ones. When … Read More

Do you think all nations should help protect one another’s cultural heritage?

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On June 2, 2014, the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) will begin its review of Egypt’s request that the US impose import restrictions on Egyptian antiquities in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), made under Article 9 of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (UNESCO Convention). Written public comments submitted earlier are posted here. … Read More

Cultural goods’ damage and related offences

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The crime of damage is generally acknowledged as an important offence from the criminal point of view, and often is seriously punished.  Consequently, this crime can be instrumental in gaining access to many legal systems to ask for “effective” international assistance. When an act of damage is committed against a cultural item, such an act has a degree of gravity … Read More

Laundering phenomena in cultural goods trafficking

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The laundering of cultural goods has become such a widespread and insidious phenomenon that it should be a separate discipline unto itself, if only to resolve certain jurisdictional problems. Indeed, cultural goods are often subject to real or fictitious manipulations aimed either at removing or hiding their true origin and provenance or obscuring their illicit exportation to a foreign territory. … Read More

Syria’s cultural heritage in danger: What can we do?

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SAFE Volunteer Sandra Roorda observes the 2013 Donny George Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage with a reflection on the situation in Syria. Amidst the public and political clamor surrounding the current conflict in Syria, and as many argue over how to prevent further civilian casualties, a wide swathe of cultural institutions and organizations from both diplomatic and NGO communities has … Read More

CONSERVATION CAN BEGIN AT HOME!

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We are grateful to Professor Colin Renfrew, who is currently on fieldwork in Greece, for taking the time to send the following reflections in observance of our 2013 Candlelight Vigil for Global Heritage. Colin Renfrew, Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, received his PhD from Cambridge University writing his thesis on Neolithic and Bronze Age Cultures of the Cyclades and their external relations. After … Read More

China’s “other” looting problem

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Chinese bronze heads of a rat and rabbit returned by Pinault

One might rejoice at today’s news about the Christie’s owner François Pinault’s offer to return two bronze animal heads to China, a “cause célèbre for Chinese nationalists” has garnered start-studded attention from Ai Weiwei to Jackie Chan, Yves Saint Laurent, Nicolas Sarkozy, the Dalia Lama and now the head of the PPR, maker of luxury fashion goods, husband of movie … Read More