Here we feature press articles likely to be of interest to AIAD Members.

This article first appeared in the UK’s Antiques Trade Gazette. It calls attention to the theft of coins and antiquities from Benghazi, Libya, during the recent social upheavals and regime-change in that country.

Theft of Coins and Antiquities from Libyan Bank

UNESCO Convenes Libyan and International Experts’ Meeting to Safeguard Libya’s Cultural Heritage

The background to the legal situation in a period of warfare, rioting or civil commotion is set out in documents available here. The Hague Convention of 1954 and its subsequent revision in 1999 apply in such cases. The UNESCO database of national cultural heritage laws is available for review here.

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