UNESCO training to combat the looting of Libyan antiquities

26 Sep 2013 5:02 PM | Anonymous

UNESCO training to combat the looting of Libyan antiquities

Stolen from Sabratha in 1990, the 1,100year-old carving of a woman's head was returned in 2011

Stolen from Sabratha in 1990, the 1,900year-old carving of a woman’s head was found and returned in 2011

Tripoli, 25 September 2013:

If Libya wants to stop its cultural heritage being plundered, it needs a dedicated and specialised unit to lead the fight, along with a comprehensive database of the country’s historic assets,  including details of all that have already been stolen.

A five-day UNESCO conference at Sabratha on combatting thieves and smugglers of priceless cultural artefacts, which ends tomorrow, also heard that the law against the theft and smuggling of antiquities needs to be tightened up and the process of criminal prosecutions stream-lined and speeded up.

Read more: http://www.libyaherald.com/2013/09/25/unesco-training-to-combat-the-looting-of-libyan-antiquities/#ixzz2g2E19c1R
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