National workshops for the fight against Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property and promotion of its restitution in Central America
In the framework of the project to strengthen national capacities in the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property and promotion of its restitution in Central America, the workshops are addressed to national actors with a significant role in the implementation of the 1970 Convention. These meetings will be a forum to discuss and identify the needs and strengths of each country. The situation diagnosis will be presented in the Regional Meeting on Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property, which will be held in Antigua, Guatemala in late November.
The illicit trafficking of cultural property generates a lucrative unlawful trade, with a great percentage of stolen artefacts never being recovered and harmful consequences for the cultural heritage of the source countries. Central America is especially affected by this problem: the lack of legal and practical measures and regulations at regional and national levels as well as of appropriate training and expertise for the protection of cultural property poses a serious risk to the safeguarding of their identity for future generations and hinders the potential of culture as a primary vector for economic development.
The urgent need for Latin American and Caribbean countries to adopt a regional position towards the fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property is explicitly mentioned in the Final Declaration of the Third Meeting of the Ministers of Culture of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, which took place in Havana, Cuba from 18-19 September 2015.