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Red List of Dominican Cultural Objects at Risk

Following the publication of the Emergency Red List of Haitian Cultural Objects at Risk, drafted after the devastating earthquake that shook the country on 12 January 2010, the Red List of Dominican Cultural Objects at Risk completes the protection devices regarding the island of Hispaniola.

The Dominican Red List aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Dominican objects that are protected by national and international legislations. In order to facilitate identification, the Red List illustrates the categories or types of cultural items that are most likely to be illegally traded.

Museums, auction houses, art dealers and collectors are encouraged not to acquire objects similar to those presented in the List without having carefully and thoroughly researched their origin and all relevant legal documentation.

Due to the great diversity of objects, styles and periods, the Red List of Dominican Cultural Objects at Risk is far from exhaustive. Any cultural good that could have originated from the Dominican Republic should be subjected to detailed scrutiny and precautionary measures.

 

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Legislation

The cultural heritage of the Dominican Republic is protected by the following national and international laws:

NATIONAL LEGISLATION

Decree No. 4347 which Declares archaeological objects property of the State (26 December 1903).

Law No. 293 which Creates a Commission for Monuments’ Conservation, works and pieces of historical, artistic or Archaeological importance (20 February 1932).

Law No. 638-1944 on the Erection of statues and other public monuments (28 June 1944).

Decree No. 1397 which Creates within the Directorate General of Tourism the Bureau of Cultural Heritage, and dictates other dispositions (17 June 1967), and addendum Decree No. 1398, which Charges the Bureau of Cultural Heritage the fixating of limits of the “Colonial City”, within the perimeter of the city of Santo Domingo de Guzmán (17 June 1967).

Law No. 318 on the Cultural Heritage of the Nation (14 June 1968), modified by the Law No. 41-00 (28 June 2000).

Regulation No. 4195 on the Office of Cultural Heritage (20 September 1969). 

Resolution No. 416 of 1972 Approving the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (15 November 1972).

Law No. 564 for the Protection and Conservation of National ethnological and archaeological objects (8 October 1973), as amended by the Law No. 41-00 (28 June 2000).

Decree No. 2310 Creating the Centre for Cultural Property Inventory (6 September 1976) and addendum Decree No. 2024 Establishing the Centre for Cultural Property Inventory as a Unit of the Office of Cultural Heritage (9 October 1980).

Decree No. 683 Creating and integrating a Commission in Charge of the Underwater Archaeological Rescue Programme (28 February 1979), as amended by Decree No. 310-87 Creating and integrating a Commission in Charge of the Underwater Archaeological Rescue Programme, dependent of the Executive Branch (30 June 1987).

Decree No. 289-99 Creating the Bureau of Underwater Cultural Heritage (30 June 1999).

Law No. 41-00 Creating the Secretariat of State for Culture (28 June 2000).

Article 64 regarding the Right to Culture of the Constitution of the Dominican Republic, proclaimed on 26 January 2010.

INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENTS

The Hague Convention of 14 May 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (adhered, 5 January 1960), the first Protocol (adhered, 21 March 2002) and the Second Protocol (adhered, 3 March 2009).

UNESCO Convention of 14 November 1970 on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (ratified, 7 March 1973).

UNESCO Convention of 16 November 1972 Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (ratified, 12 February 1985).