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Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk - 2015 Update

The fight against illicit trafficking in cultural goods requires the enhancement of legal instruments and the use of practical tools disseminating information, raising public awareness, and preventing illegal exportation.

The Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk illustrates the categories or types of cultural items that are most likely to be illegally traded. It aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Iraqi objects that are at risk and protected by the legislation in force. Museums, auction houses, art dealers and collectors are encouraged not to acquire such objects without having carefully and thoroughly researched their origin and all the relevant legal documentation.

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

 

Download the 2015 Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk in English 

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Context

For decades the world has witnessed the ongoing disappearance of Iraq’s diverse cultural heritage. This looting and destruction impoverishes our knowledge and understanding of Iraq’s, and the region’s, history as well as its many and varied contributions to the world both on a scientific and cultural level.

Following the successful seizures made possible thanks to the 2003 Emergency Red List of Iraqi Antiquities at Risk, the International Council of Museum’s (ICOM) first Emergency Red List, and in view of the persisting threat to the Republic of Iraq’s cultural heritage, ICOM concluded that an updated version of the List was necessary. This was effectively carried out with the generous support of the US Department of State.

The Emergency Red List of Iraqi Cultural Objects at Risk presents the country’s cultural heritage currently threatened by destruction, theft, looting, smuggling and illicit trafficking.