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Emergency Red List of Haitian Cultural Objects at Risk

The Emergency Red List of Haitian Cultural Objects at Risk is designed to help customs officials, police officers, and heritage professionals identify the categories of objects most targeted by illicit traffic. The categories depicted are protected by legislation which prohibits their trade and exportation.

However contemporary artistic creation and artisanal crafts are not protected by laws which relate to cultural heritage; these objects and works of contemporary creation are included in the Emergency Red List because the earthquake has rendered them particularly vulnerable to looting and theft. Potential buyers of an object resembling any of those presented in the Emergency Red List, as well as customs and law enforcement agents, are advised to vigilantly check its provenance and relevant legal documentation.

The Emergency Red List of Haitian Cultural Objects at Risk is by no means exhaustive, and any object that may have originated from Haiti should be subject to careful scrutiny. The Emergency Red List does not aim, however, to discourage the legal trade in contemporary Haitian cultural goods, which is vital for the livelihood of artists and for the economic reconstruction of the country.

 

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Legislation

The cultural heritage of Haiti is protected by: The following legislation has been validated by Haitian officials.

This list was under review at the time of printing, and should therefore not be considered exhaustive.

CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF HAITI OF 10 MARCH, 1987

NATIONAL LEGISLATION
Law of 23 April, 1940 on the historical, artistic, natural and archaeological heritage
Law of 1 July, 1983 creating the Haitian National Institute of Culture and Arts
Law of January, 1995 creating the Ministry of Culture and Communication
Law-decree of 31 October, 1941 creating an Office of Ethnology
Decree of 4 August, 1950 on the National Museum
Decree of 10 May, 1989 creating the National Heritage Commission Ministerial order classifying the building and objects of the Printing House Museum (project) as belonging to Haitian national heritage

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS
UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illegal Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (Paris, 14 November 1970)
UNESCO Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (Paris, 16 November 1972)
OAS Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological, Historical and Artistic Heritage
of the American Nations, the so-called San Salvador Convention (Santiago, 16 June 1976)
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Montego Bay, 10 December 1982) and the
Agreement of 28 July, 1994 relating to the implementation of Part XI of the Convention
UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (Paris, 2 November 2001)
UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (Paris, 17 October 2003)
UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Paris, 20 October 2005)