Heritage Watch Petition

APPEAL TO HAVE THE GOVERNMENTS OF SINGAPORE and thailand SIGN THE 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property

Singapore has for centuries been a hub of international trade and it is this trade that has made the city great. Now one of the premier cities of Asia, Singapore remains a hub of the trade in antiquities. The same may be said for Bangkok where antiquities from all over the region are sold and shipped abroad.

It is suspected that most artefacts illegally excavated by looters around Asia are transited through Singapore and Bangkok.

The reason for this is that these cities have very liberal laws pertaining to the sale and transit of cultural heritage.

With your help HeritageWatch will petition the governments of Singapore and Thailand to adopt stricter laws and limit the sale of antiquities with a foreign provenance.

Please help us convince these governments that this is necessary if we are to preserve the great heritage of Asia.

"...the most effective measure now would be to sign more bilateral agreements with countries that are under assault from the antiquities trade..." - Roger Atwood.

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