International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)
INTERPOL is an international organization created in 1923 in order to facilitate international police cooperation. Since 1947, when the first international notice on stolen works of art was published, INTERPOL has been specifically involved in the fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural objects. This Organization has developed a highly efficient system for circulating information in the form of a database with more than 35.000 objects stolen all over the world and accessible, since 2009, to everyone.
INTERPOL, and more specifically the Unit of Stolen Works of Art, is working in partnership with UNESCO on the fight against illicit trafficking of Cultural Goods.
This close cooperation can be founded in the UNESCO’s participation in experts groups or in the creation of new tools:
- INTERPOL Expert Group (IEG) on Stolen Cultural Property:
- Drawing up of a list of reference contacts to combat the illicit traffic in the Iraqi cultural heritage
- Joint UNESCO-Interpol-ICOM letter of recommendations: Basic Actions concerning Cultural Objects being offered for Sale over the Internet
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