Workshop for Arab States of the Cooperation Council of the Gulf and Yemen

Bahrain, 21-25 November 2010

The workshop on "Capacity-building of national institutions in the field of prevention against illicit trafficking of cultural objects" which took place in Bahrain National Museum (Kingdom of Bahrain) from 21 to 25 November 2010 was organized by UNESCO Doha Office and the Section of Museums and Cultural Objects in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Information of Bahrain. The main objective of the meeting was to provide representatives of those institutions concerned with illicit trafficking of cultural objects (public and private museums and institutions linked to museums) with reference tools to fight against this phenomenon.

The workshop was organized along two main axes:

  • the documentation and inventoring of cultural objects, and management of this information by the museums
  • the knowledge and use of international legal tools to preserve these objects and any other object which could potentially enter the territory of the country as a consequence of illicit trafficking (especially the 1954 Hague Convention and its two Protocols, the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, as well as 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects)

The courses and seminars were given by UNESCO officials with the participation of experts from UNIDROIT, INTERPOL, the World Customs Organization, ICOM as well as a specialist of inventories (Object-ID).

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