Finance Uncovered Features ASEAN Conference Organized by Cambodia with the Antiquities Coalition
September 28, 2022
Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, in cooperation with the Antiquities Coalition, held an international conference on September 5-8th in Siem Reap on The Prevention of the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Properties – An ASEAN Perspective.
The conference featured government officials and experts in cultural policy, law enforcement, museums, and the art market from around the world and provided an opportunity for greater collaboration and understanding between ASEAN member states.
All 10 ASEAN States were represented at the conference, which was also attended by participants from eight other countries including China, India, and the US.
Finance Uncovered, whose mission is to “to improve the quantity and quality of investigative stories that are rooted in illicit finance or exploitation by training and supporting journalists and activists around the world” and who has previously covered the illicit trade in antiquities, was represented at the conference by Malia Politzer. Prior to her work at Finance Uncovered, Politzer covered antiquities trafficking for ICIJ.
Politzer covered the conference in the context of Cambodia’s recent work to bring their looted statues home in her new article “The Smuggling of Ancient Antiquities: Governments and art world urged to collaborate to end illicit trade.”