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Red List of Afghanistan Antiquities at Risk

The great archaeological heritage of Afghanistan is of universal importance. It is now at serious risk from organized destruction and plundering at the hands of criminals. The National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul has been looted and is missing a great part of its collection, much of which has found its way into the art market. Ancient sites and monuments, ranging from the Old Stone Age to the 20th century are being attacked and systematically looted.

Objects of all types and materials, from prehistoric times to the Indo-Greek, Buddhist and Islamic periods are being lost. Sculpture, architectural elements, ancient manuscripts, bronzes, wooden objects and ceramics are being illegally exported at an unrelenting rate. It is the duty of the international community to unite in protecting this unique cultural heritage.

 

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Legislation

Afghanistan cultural heritage is protected under:

Law on the Preservation of Historical and Cultural Heritage, Issue No. 828, Sawar 31st 1383, May 20th 2004

On 20 March 1979, Afghanistan ratified the 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage

 On 8 September 2005, Afghanistan accepted the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property