Red list to flag smuggled Cambodian artefacts

The International Council of Museums will soon publish a Red List to help identify antiquities that have been smuggled out of Cambodia. This list will help some ways to stem the trade of antiquities from the plundered country, but more effort is still needed, especially when Thailand and Singapore are key transit points for these antiquities and the two countries are not signatories to the 1970 UN resolution on trafficking antiquities.

Phnom Penh Post, 27 June 2008

New weapon to fight theft of Khmer relics
Phnom Penh Post, 27 June 2008

The illicit trade in Khmer antiquities has led to the creation of the Red List by an international arts organization as a tool to help customs officials, police officers, art dealers and collectors recognize artifacts unlawfully smuggled out of Cambodia.

To be published in September by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the Red List describes the types of artifacts most favored in the illicit antiquities market.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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