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Protecting Cultural Property Worldwide

  • What's New -- Scheduled meetings of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, recent Federal Register notices, activities relevant to the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act or cultural property agreements. 
  • The Problem of Pillage -- Senate Report No. 97-564 commenting on the implementing legislation for the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Cultural Property.
  • Recent Reports of Looting, Theft, Prosecution, and Recovery on the World Wide Web -- Short articles and notices in newspapers, journals, and press releases.

U.S. Response

Agreements, Emergency Actions, and Import Restrictions (by Country)




El Salvador

Guatemala Mali


U.S. and International Laws

U.S. Federal Cultural Property Legislation -- Links to text of laws and other legislation. International Conventions -- Links to international conventions and multilateral and bilateral international agreements.  

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Revised: September 14, 1999

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