26 May 2016
Dear CIPEG members and friends,
Alice Stevenson, Curator at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology asked me to circulate the following amongst CIPEG members in order to gather different national perspectives:
Stephen Quirke and I are organising a small workshop here at UCL that is going to work towards making recommendations to UK government on protecting antiquities in the UK. We want to ensure that the sad case of Sekhemka does not happen again.
One of the things that we are interested in is finding comparative examples from other countries about national legislation relating to the preservation of antiquities. Are there any obligations of ownership imposed by the state on public and/or private collections on conserving, selling, acquiring etc. antiquities for example? What safeguards are in place to ensure public collections are not sold off for commercial gain?
Please write to Alice if you can help: firstname.lastname@example.org
3.1 Egypt 2011 -- 2016 AD
Notice of Receipt of Cultural Property Request From the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Egypt, concerned that its cultural heritage is in jeopardy from pillage, made a request to the Government of the United States 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. The United States Department of State received this request in April 2014. Egypt's request seeks U.S. import restrictions on archaeological and ethnological material from Egypt representing its prehistoric through Ottoman heritage.
The specific contents of this request are treated as confidential government-to-government information, consistent with applicable U.S. law.
Information about U.S. implementation of the 1970 UNESCO Convention can be found at http://eca.state.gov/cultural-heritage-center. A public summary of Egypt's request will be posted on that Web site.
Dated: April 8, 2014.
Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State
Resolution No. 5
Protection of Cultural Heritage during and
after Armed Conflict, Revolution and Civil Strife
11 May 2012
The ICOM “Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk” was launched on February 6th, in Cairo.
An ICOM Emergency Red List does not present artefacts that had been stolen! It is a different type of tool for international customs and police officers as well as for art dealers and collectors: It focuses on those species of heritage objects which are most threatened by thieves and illicit trafficers.
The Red List Egypt was compiled in close cooperation between ICOM Paris and a small working group of CIPEG. The official launch took place at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation in Cairo, Egypt, in the presence of the Minister of State for Antiquities, Dr Mohammed Ibrahim Ali, ICOM Director General Julien Anfruns, representatives of CIPEG and local heritage institutions, national and international experts, police and customs officials, partners of the project and the media.
The “Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk” has a print run of 10,000 copies and will be available in four languages (English, Arabic, French and German). It will be distributed worldwide to police and customs officials, art and heritage professionals and other concerned parties, and is available to download free of charge on ICOM’s online Red List webpage and database.
UNESCO mobilizes experts and civil society partners to safeguard heritage in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya
3.2 Conferences, Symposia, Workshops, Lectures and Schools