The government of the Republic of Belize has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United States to restrict imports of cultural material (February 2013). This bilateral agreement is a substantial step toward enabling the US government to do its part in helping to stop the looting of archaeological sites in Belize.

We at SAFE feel strongly that the best way to understand Belize’s cultural history is through the study of its artifacts within their archaeological, architectural, and historical contexts. Objects that have not been scientifically examined or professionally preserved are missing information about their meaning and cultural significance. We know we are not alone in our concern and urge you to support the request of the Republic of Belize by saying YES to Belize.

For more information about CPAC, please visit the U.S. State Department International Cultural Property Protection web site.