Date lodged: 8 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government to what extent it supports the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and how it supports the global effort to tackle the illegal trade in antiquities.
Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 15 June 2016
The Scottish Government is proud to support the UNESCO Convention on the means of prohibiting and preventing the illicit import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property (the Paris convention). Membership of United Nations organisations such as UNESCO and controls on imports and exports are reserved to the United Kingdom Government which ratified the Paris convention in 2002.
The UK Government is proposing to ratify the Hague convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and its Protocols of 1954 and 1999, in the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts Bill) which will require a legislative consent motion to be passed by the Scottish Parliament.
Scotland has hosted the trafficking culture programme at the Scottish crime and justice centre at the University of Glasgow that produces evidence-based research into the contemporary global trade in looted cultural objects.