SAFE promotes respect for the laws and treaties that enable nations to protect their cultural property and preserve humanity’s most precious non-renewable resource: the intact evidence of our undiscovered past.
A major market country, the U.S. has enacted legislation that protects cultural heritage from looting and the black market trade of antiquities. The U.S. has been party to the 1970 UNESCO Convention since 1983 under which it signs bilateral agreements with other nations that restrict antiquities importation into the U.S. Although public opinion is solicited in open hearings at the Department of State, this is largely unknown to members of the general public.
SAFE advocates for these protective measures and encourages public engagementby providing information about what is at stake, and how each and everyone of us can participate in the “Say YES” campaigns.
- SAFE informs the public about the bilateral agreements between the U.S and other member countries of the UNESCO Convention that restrict the importation of specified objects that are in danger of being looted from archaeological sites.(More)
- We launched a campaign to raise awareness and support for this bill including a Poster Hanging Day on September 29, 2003. A brochure and a postcard were also distributed.(More)