Cultural racketeering is the systematic looting and trafficking of art and antiquities by organized crime. The Federal Bureau of Investigation now ranks it as a multi-billion dollar global industry.Learn about Cultural Racketeering
Cultural cleansing is the deliberate and systematic destruction of a targeted group and their cultural heritage, with the intention of eliminating not only a people, but all physical evidence of them.Learn about Cultural Racketeering
What We’ve Lost
In this last year, we have lost entire chapters of our shared history, and some of the Cradle of Civilization’s most iconic masterpieces and sites, to plunder and iconoclasm.
Umayyad Mosque Aleppo, Syria
Mausoleum of Mohammad Bin Ali Palmyra, Syria
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“Egypt is working alongside regional and international partners such as the Antiquities Coalition to stem the flow of stolen antiquities.”
Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Foreign Minister of Egypt
“We need to disrupt the flow of international combatants. We also need to dry the financing sources – oil trafficking, heritage, antiquities trafficking, and a great number of sites destroyed by Daesh – Daesh having already sold antiquities to get more money.”
Haider al-Abadi, Prime Minister of Iraq
The Antiquities Coalition “provides a powerful example of what can be achieved through partnerships between governments and NGOs.”
Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General
“The [Antiquities] Coalition, since its inception in March 2011, has shown great support and exerted utmost efforts to raise awareness and combat the looting and illegal trade of Egyptian antiquities and artifacts.”
Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, former Minister of Antiquities
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