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Red Lists

Red Lists

The ICOM Red Lists of Cultural Objects at Risk are practical tools to curb the illegal traffic of cultural objects.

Red Lists Database

Red Lists present the categories of cultural objects that can be subjected to theft and traffic. They help individuals, organisations and authorities, such as police or customs officials, identify objects at risk and prevent them from being illegally sold or exported.

It is important to highlight that a Red List is not a list of actual stolen objects. The cultural goods depicted on the lists are inventoried objects within the collections of recognised institutions. They serve to illustrate the categories of cultural goods most vulnerable to illicit traffic.

ICOM has been publishing Red Lists since the year 2000, with the scientific collaboration of national and international experts and the unwavering support of dedicated sponsors, to cover the most vulnerable areas of the world in terms of illicit trafficking of cultural objects.

The lists are published in different languages according to the context of each List. Among other success stories, these tools have contributed to the identification, recovery and restitution of thousands of cultural objects from Iraq, Afghanistan and Mali.

The Red Lists are freely available in digital format, while booklets are distributed primarily to law enforcement agencies. Everyone involved in the trade or protection of cultural objects is invited to consult and disseminate the Lists in order to maximise the use and impact of this internationally recognised tool.

As of today, the Red List series include the following booklets:

Asia

  • Red List of Afghanistan Antiquities at Risk
  • Red List of Cambodian Antiquities at Risk
  • Red List of Chinese Cultural Objects at Risk

Latin America & Caribbean

  • Red List of Endangered Cultural Objects of Central America and Mexico
  • Red List of Colombian Cultural Objects at Risk
  • Red List of Dominican Cultural Objects at Risk
  • Emergency Red List of Haitian Cultural Objects at Risk
  • Red List of Peruvian Antiquities at Risk
  • Red List of Latin American Cultural Objects at Risk

North Africa and Middle East

  • Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk
  • Emergency Red List of Libyan Cultural Objects at Risk
  • Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk
  • Red List of Cultural Objects at Risk – Yemen

West Africa

  • Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk
  • Red List of West African Cultural Objects at Risk

 

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  • Red Lists Database

    Find all of our Red Lists of Cultural Objects at Risk in various languages in our Red Lists Database.