A few days go the International Council of Museums (ICOM) launched the new Red List for Southeast European Cultural Objects at Risk which is another very important tool to fight illicit traffic in cultural property. UNIDROIT welcomes this new tool developed by ICOM which is our longstanding partner in this field and calls for a wide use of it by law enforcement agencies as well as private citizens.
International cooperation is at the heart of the fight against the theft and illegal export of cultural goods.
‘‘ Due diligence is an important process in the legal acquisition of all cultural objects, and a key feature of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention. ICOM Red Lists are important not only because they raise awareness to illicit trafficking, but because they constitute a precious tool to implement provenance research and due diligence, just as describe in Article 4 (4) of the Convention. UNIDROIT and ICOM are long standing partners in the fight against illicit trafficking in cultural objects and we look forward to continuing our collaboration to set standards and disseminate tools to our own members and the wider public. With this new Red List for Southeast European Cultural Objects at Risk – the first ICOM Red List to focus on part of the European continent – ICOM also reminds that no region is untouched by illicit trafficking”
For more information see:
- Press kit
- ICOM Red List Database
- ICOM International Observatory on Illicit Traffic in Cultural Goods