Adopted in 1970, the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property is a prominent legal instrument in the fight against looting and illicit trafficking. By laying down the principles of shared responsibility and cultural equity, it has also opened the way to the right of peoples to enjoy their own cultural heritage.
A topical reflection at a time when the recent conflicts in the Middle East have brought the painful issue of the destruction and trafficking of cultural property back to the forefront.
Read the article of Vincent Négri on the UNESCO Courier
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