BOGOTA, March 11 (Xinhua) — Colombia has produced a “red list” of the country’s cultural heritage that is at risk of looting and illegal art trafficking.
The Colombian Ministry of Culture and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) jointly presented the list on Thursday, which contains archaeological artifacts and furniture dating back to colonial times until the early 20th century.
About ten thousand copies of the list will be distributed to police and customs officials, museums, auctioneers, private collectors and art dealers around the world in five languages to help identify and rescue the country’s national heritage.
The Colombian government has called on all buyers of Colombian art objects in or outside the country to inform themselves about the origin of the artifacts to avoid being involved in illegal trade.
The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has donated 99,000 U.S. dollars to the project.
The Colombian government said it has drawn valuable experience from other “red lists” of endangered cultural assets issued by China, Cambodia,Iraq, Peru, Mexico and African countries, which have successfully retrieved large numbers of stolen or illegally-traded art objects.