UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws Updated

The UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws was launched in 2005 with the financial support of the US Department of State. It is the unique tool which allows a free and easy access to cultural heritage laws currently in force as well as a rapid consultation of other relevant national cultural rules and regulations.

This quarterly Newsletter is initiated to inform the Database users about the recent updates and uploads on the website. Furthermore, it provides information about future workshops and meetings, on regional and international levels, in particular where the Database will be promoted.

2756 laws of 188 Member States are published on the Database website. There have been 10,812 researches and 1,196.049 impressions in the last three months.

By compiling on the Internet the national laws of the Member States, UNESCO offers all stakeholders (governments, customs, art dealers, organizations, lawyers, buyers ...) a complete source of information easily accessible. If legal question about the origin of an object (stolen, looted, exported, imported or acquired illegally), it is indeed useful to quickly check the relevant national legislation.

The UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Laws allows searching:

  •  National legislation for the protection of cultural heritage in general;
  •  Certificates for export and / or import cultural property (on request);
  • Translations, official or otherwise, of national laws and certificates;
  •  Details of the competent national authorities in the field of cultural heritage;
  • The addresses of the official national websites dedicated to the protection of cultural heritage.

The countries which have recently submitted new or updated Cultural legislation are the following:

Andorra

(Legislation uploaded online in March 2015)

Decret pel qual s'aprova el Reglament de l'organització i el funcionament del Sistema d'Arxius i de l'Àrea d'Arxius del Govern d'Andorra

Decret del 6-4-2005 pel qual s'aprova el Reglament de l'Arxiu Nacional d'Andorra

Llei 15/2014, del 24 de juliol, de modificació de la Llei 9/2003, del 12 de juny, del patrimoni cultural d’Andorra

 Slovakia

 

(Legislation uploaded online in April 2015)

Act No. 49/2002 Z.z. on the protection of monuments and historic sites  reflecting the amendments made by Act No. 479/2005 Z.z., Act No. 208/2009 Z.z., Act No. 262/2011 Z.z., Act No. 180/2013 Z.z., Act No. 38/2014 Z.z. and Act No. 104/2014 Z.z.

Implementing Decree of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic No. 253/2010 Z.z. implementing Act No. 49/2002 Z.z. on the protection of monuments and historic sites, as amended by  Implementing Decree of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic No. 231/2014 Z.z.

Panama

 

(Legislation uploaded online in April 2015)

Ley Nr. 2 de 1920

Ley Nr.21 de 1997

Ley Nr 32 de 1938

Ley Nr.136 de 31 de diciembre de 2013

Ley Nr. 32 de 19 de octubre de 1954

Ley Nr. 35de 1926

Ley Nr.42 de 1953

Ley Nr.44 de 2000

Ley Nr.47 de 2002

Ley Nr. 54 de 1984

Ley Nr.55 de 1980

Ley Nr. 57 de 1998

Ley Nr. 58 de 2003

Ley Nr. 68 de 1926

Ley Nr.69 de 1926

Ley Nr.4 de 2002

Ley Nr.16 de 2007

Ley Nr.17 sobre monumentos historicos de 2002

Ley Nr.18 de 1984

Ley Nr.19 de 1984

Ley Nr. 26 de 1986

Ley Nr.28

Ley Nr.29 de 1980

Ley Nr.30 de 1996

Ley Nr.32 por la cual se aprueba la convencion sobre la proteccion del patrimonio cultural subacuatico (2003)

Ley Nr.6 de 2006

Ley Nr.9 de 1977

Decreto Nr.18 de 1971

Decreto Nr.119 de 2011

Decreto Nr.104 de 2003

Decreto Nr. 192 de 2000

Decreto Nr. 238 de 2004

Decreto Nr.292 de 1969

Decreto Nr.35 de 1998

Decreto Nr.364 por el cual se declaran unos bienes de propriedad nacional (1979)

Decreto Nr.51 de 2004

Decreto Nr. 511 de 1998

Decreto Nr. 672 de 1996

Ley Nr.3 de 1968

Decreto Nr.3 de 1984

Decreto Ley Nr. 3 de 8 de julio de 1999

Constitucion politica con reformas de noviembre de 2004

Resolucion Nr.43 de 1993

Resolucion Nr.012 de 1993 sobre la conservacion del archivo nacional

Resolucion Nr 6 de 30 de enero de 1997

Resolucion Nr.005 de 2001

Resolucion Nr.002 de 2001

Resolucion Nr.001 de 2001

Resolucion Nr.85 de 2001

Resolucion Nr.31 de 24 de abril de 2002

Resolucion Nr.27 de 2002

Resolucion Nr.007 de 2002

Resolucion Nr.42 de 24 de abril de 2008

Resolucion Nr. 172 de 27 de diciembre de 2011

Resolucion Nr. 36 de 24 de septiembre de 2013

Saudi Arabia

 

(Legislation uploaded online in April 2015)

Statutes of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities

Antiquities, Museums and Architectural Heritage Law

Islamic Republic of Iran

 

(Legislation uploaded online in April 2015)

The law on punishment of saboteurs on the country’s economic system 1991

Punishment Law: Chapter 9: Destruction of historical/cultural properties 1996

Public Accounting Act (articles 114-115)

Principle 83 of the Islamic Republic of Iran Constitution and Article 26 of the Civil Code (ownership/possession of cultural objects)

Municipality Law: Article 102: Collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Art, regarding conservation of the city’s ancient buildings and monuments, public buildings, mosques, and etc.

Thailand

 

(Legislation uploaded online in May 2015)

Act on ancient monuments, antiques, objects of art and national museums of 1961

Bilateral Agreement between the governments of Thailand and Cambodia to combat against illicit trafficking and cross-border smuggling of movable cultural property and to restitute it to the country of origin

Tanzania

 

(Legislation uploaded online in May 2015)

The Stone Town Conservation and Development Authority Act of 2010

Estonia

 

(Legislation submitted in May 2015, but not yet uploaded online due to a technical problem. For a copy of these texts, please contact the Database manager: s.al-tabbal(at)unesco.org)

Heritage Conservation Act (2015)

Museums Act (2014)

Intra-community transport, export and import of cultural objects Act (2015)

Act on the return of cultural objects unlawfully removed from the territory of a Member State of the European Union (2014)

 Hungary

 

(Legislation submitted in May 2015, but not yet uploaded online due to a technical problem. For a copy of this text, please contact the Database manager: s.al-tabbal(at)unesco.org)

Cultural heritage institutions (2014)

NEW COUNTRIES WHICH LEGISLATION IS PUBLISHED ONLINE

 

Brunei Darussalam

(New legislation uploaded online in March 2015)

Antiquities and Treasure Trove Act

 

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