In the framework of the EU funded project The EMERGENCY SAFEGUARDING OF THE SYRIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE,
UNESCO started today on 10/11/2014 in UNESCO Beirut office, the Training of police and customs officers in Syria and adjacent countries To fight illicit trafficking of Syrian cultural properties
This training (which will last for 1 week) provides information on archaeological site and museum security and prevention of theft, as well as operational mechanisms for the import, export and transfer of cultural objects, thus providing especial emphasis to the role of custom and police officers.
More specifically, the training includes:
- Basic legal training on national and international legislations regarding the safeguarding of cultural heritage
- Security in museums and archaeological sites.
- Practical training on preventive tools (Object ID, model export certificate, fight against traffic on the Internet, etc). UNESCO-WCO Model Export Certificate, the Object ID Standard Form for the basic inventory of cultural objects, the UNESCO International Code of Ethics for Dealers in Cultural Property and the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums, the UNESCO-INTERPOL-ICOM.
- Measures to fight the illicit traffic on Internet, the ICOM Red Lists and the UNESCO Database of National Cultural Heritage Law.
The list of facilitators include representatives from UNESCO HQ, INTERPOL, UNIDROIT, UNODC and selected experts of Syria and adjacent countries and specialized police in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey.