October 2010 - The Emergency Red List of Haitian Cultural Objects at Risk was officially presented last 13 October at the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien (MUPANAH) in Port-au-Prince, in the presence of the Minister a.i. for Culture and Communication of Haiti, H.E. Ms. Josseline Colimon-Fethiere, Special Advisor for Culture, Ms. Magali Comeau-Denis, Chair of ICOM Haiti, Mr. Harold J. Gaspard, ICOM Director of Programmes, Ms. France Desmarais, as well as representatives of Haitian customs and police.
On this occasion, ICOM also organised a training workshop in order to interact with local professionals on the prevention of illicit traffic in cultural heritage. This workshop is the first in a series of activities that will take place in the Caribbean region from 2011 as part of a capacity-building programme relating to cultural heritage protection.
ICOM developed the Emergency Red List of Haitian Cultural Objects at Risk project with the assistance of an international team of experts, in response to the increased risk of illicit trafficking after the earthquake of 12 January, 2010. The objective is to identify the categories of objects that are most targeted by looting and theft and may therefore be subject to illegal transactions and exports on the art and antiquities market.
The Emergency Red List of Haitian Cultural Objects at Risk has been published with the support of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and the Federal Office of Culture of the Swiss Confederation.