Sunday, July 7, 2013

Cultural Security News (Jun. 30 - Jul. 06)

Syrian cultural heritage still at risk while contemporary art market thrives
In politics, the basis for repatriation of cultural property from museums does not always depend on proof of provenance. NAGPRA supports return of Native American human remains to tribes. The Sultanate of Oman has been elected as a member of the Arabian group in the permanent committee of the 1970 Convention for Protection of Cultural Property. Cultural heritage conservation bridges the arts and the sciences.
-In a crossover of politics and security, Azerbaijan participated in a UNESCO discussion on issues of the illegal import and export of cultural property and prevention of the illegal transfer of copyright. In the United States, museums are accused of blocking and delaying restitution claims. Nigeria and China signed an agreement for the prevention of the theft, illicit import and export of cultural property.
In economics, in Czech Republic, the art market recorded a record turnover. Both Sotheby’s and Christie’s report that the market for contemporary art is increasingly global. Amazon may re-enter the on-line art market.
In a crossover of economics and security, Nepal Police are coordinating with the Department of Archaeology (DoA) to collect evidence on antiques that are being sold a Christie’s in the United States and United Kingdom.
In security, in Syria, cultural heritage sites remain threatened by looters and shelling. In Italy, police tracked and arrested looters in Perugia.
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