The UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property of 1970

This Convention is the most broadly ratified of the international conventions which deal with illicit trafficking in cultural property.  It prohibits the import of stolen cultural property by other State Parties, defines preventative measures State Parties should undertake to try and prevent the illegal removal and export of cultural objects, and advises co-operation between State Parties to encourage the return of objects which are known to have been illicitly removed.  1970, the date of this Convention, is commonly taken as the date from which these provisions should be enforced.

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