An ASOR and AIA Statement Regarding H.R. 1493

02 Jul 2015 1:13 PM | Anonymous

An ASOR and AIA Statement Regarding H.R. 1493  

Recently, ASOR and the AIA received an open letter raising concerns about H.R. 1493, a bill designed “to protect and preserve international cultural property at risk due to political instability, armed conflict, or natural and other disasters, and for other purposes.” In particular, the letter raised concerns about an amendment added to the bill in the House of Representatives that allows the President to waive the import restrictions for Syrian cultural materials when the owner of the materials wishes to deposit them in the United States temporarily for purposes of safekeeping and preservation. This amendment is part of the bill that is now being considered in the Senate - See more at: http://www.archaeological.org/news/aianews/19458#sthash.uLTZZiMC.dpuf