UNESCO launches training workshop for Libyan police on the prevention and fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property

Workshop Sabratha poster © UNESCO

held at the Sabratha World Heritage Site, 15 - 26 September 2013.

This training is aimed at a selected number of staff from different bodies of various public institutions (such as customs and police departments) from the Tripolitania and Fezzan regions, with a view to enforcing an efficient protection system in the country and building-up Libyan police in the fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property in Libya.

The World Customs Organization, INTERPOL and ICOM are also participating in this training, together with a number of international and Libyan archaeologists and university researchers.

Capacity building in Libya

Sabratha, Libya © Abbas Toumi/UNSMIL

As part of a broader capacity building programme funded by the Government of Italy, UNESCO and the Department of Antiquities of Libya, this workshop follows the recommendations made during the first introductory workshop on prevention and fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property, which took place in Tripoli, at the Libya Museum, 27-30 April 2013.

Another training workshop, aimed at selected staff from the Cyrenaica region, will take place in Cyrene (Shahat) in November 2013.

More information on UNESCO's work in Libya


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