Council of Europe adopts 2017 Convention on Offences Relating to Cultural Property

In May 2017 the Council of Europe adopted the brand-new ‘Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property’ in order to counter ongoing worldwide threats to cultural heritage by requiring States to criminalize theft, unlawful excavation, illegal importation/exportation and the knowing sale or acquisition of illicitly sourced cultural property, as well as destruction of or damage to any cultural property. Already signed by Cyprus, Greece, Armenia, Portugal, San Marino and Mexico.

Read the full text of the Convention here