UN Bans Export of Antiquities To Target Islamic State Revenue

17 Feb 2015 12:04 PM | Anonymous

UN Bans Export of Antiquities To Target Islamic State Revenue 

 

UNESCO has published the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2199 that condemns the destruction of cultural heritage and adopts legal measures to counter illicit trafficking of antiquities from Iraq and Syria. The resolution decidedly targets Islamic State revenues, and threatens to place economic and diplomatic sanctions against countries and individuals that enable terrorist groups to profit from trade in antiquities, oil, and hostages.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, welcomed the new resolution, calling its adoption “a milestone for enhanced protection of cultural heritage in Iraq and Syria." The measures stipulated in the document extend to Syria “the prohibition of trade of cultural objects already in place for Iraq since 2003," she added. 

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