• World Heritage Review 87: World Heritage and illicit trade

World Heritage Review 87: World Heritage and illicit trade

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The illicit trafficking of cultural objects depletes cultures of their identity and contributes to lucrative unlawful trade, which helps to finance terrorism and organized crime.

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It is a problem that has been growing surreptitiously across the globe. As just one example, since 2011, approximately 25 per cent of Syria’s archaeological sites have been pillaged. Objects from conflict regions, including from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Mali are circulating on the black market and are already in unscrupulous hands.