AC Founder, Deborah Lehr speaks to NPR on the current situation in Yemen and measures the United States can take to close its borders to blood antiquities.
On January 4, 2019, Representative Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Secretary Mnuchin urging the U.S. Department of the Treasury to “use existing authorities to safeguard Yemeni cultural property.”
In an oped published by the Washington Post on January 1 2019, AC Chair and Founder Deborah Lehr, joined by Ambassador Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak from the Republic of Yemen, warned that the illicit trade in the country’s cultural heritage is funding Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Houthi rebels, and others.
Militants and rebels are selling off Yemen’s history to finance bloodshed.
The Antiquities Coalition released a policy brief analyzing how Hong Kong’s laws and regulations can be improved to prevent trafficking of art and antiquities.
The Illicit Art and Antiquities Trafficking Prevention Act (HR 5886), proposed in the US Congress in May, is now in limbo after the November mid-term elections. However, it could be reintroduced to the new Congress in January 2019, amid a recent rise in anti-money-laundering initiatives worldwide.
Acquiring art and artifacts from artisans and NGOs helps safeguard the historic fabric that gives meaning to our history, informs our present-day decisions, and guides us toward a more peaceful, prosperous future.
The Sahel, is a region is threatened by the very extremists that have repeatedly destroyed lives, culture, and heritage throughout the MENA region.
In 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began using SmartWater in Operation Al Zuni, the most extensive federal investigation into Native American art fraud ever conducted. Over three and a half years, federal agents uncovered an elaborate network involving Filipino jewelry manufacturers and U.S. importers.
On November 7, 2018, the Antiquities Coalition attended the Middle East Institute’s 72nd Annual Gala, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the Middle East.