Turkey turns to human rights law to reclaim British Museum sculptures

09 Dec 2012 1:56 PM | Anonymous

Turkey turns to human rights law to reclaim British Museum sculptures

Campaigners are going to European court in attempt to repatriate artefacts created for the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

Two marble statues from the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Photograph: The Trustees of the British Museum

Human rights legislation that has overturned the convictions of terrorists and rapists could now rob the British Museum of sculptures created for one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

A Turkish challenge in the European court of human rights will be a test case for the repatriation of art from one nation to another, a potential disaster for the world's museums.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2012/dec/08/turkey-british-museum-sculptures-rights

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