Posts tagged ‘Kosovo’

17/04/2015

The WCO did not claim to have evidence that church icons had been stolen in Kosovo and sold to finance terrorism

I checked the report with the World Customs Organisation and the WCO told me that it had not claimed to have evidence of a trade in conflict antiquities from the unrest in Kosovo in 2004. At the same time, particularly where there is an established link between organised crime (such as heroin trafficking) and paramilitary violence, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

08/04/2015

The WCO did not claim to have evidence that church icons had been stolen in Kosovo and sold to finance terrorism

In comments that have been reported [some of which have been misreported] by the Serbian newspaper Evening News (Večernje Novosti), and translated by the broadcaster B92, a representative of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) has revealed the findings of an international operation: ‘Church icons [that were] stolen in Kosovo [were] sold to finance terrorism. [Update (16th April 2015): the officer has been kind enough to correct the report for me.]

read more »

05/03/2013

Germany’s return of conflict antiquities to Kosovo: unanswered questions

I have updated my review of Germany’s return of conflict antiquities to Kosovo, but there hasn’t been much to update; the details of the antiquities looting-and-smuggling and the murder are still either unknown or being withheld. In order to reduce cultural property crime, we need to know not only who did it but how they did it (or intended to do it). I think there are four key questions: Why is so little information known? Who were the illicit possessors of the antiquities? How did the criminals conduct the operation? How were they caught?

read more »

Tags: ,
25/02/2013

Germany’s return of conflict antiquities to Kosovo – looting and murder details unknown and withheld

German police have returned seven conflict antiquities to Kosovo. Many of the details of the case are unknown, even to the German police, but others are being withheld. [I think I’ve identified the key unanswered questions in a follow-up post.]

read more »

Tags: ,
24/02/2013

@conflictantiq Twitter archive and Conflict Antiquities’ plan for news sharing

First of all, I want to apologise to subscribers for the @samarkeolog tweet archive “spam”. I turned off every notification I could, precisely in order to save (Twitter) followers and (Facebook) community members from hearing about the (real but uninteresting) posts, but I couldn’t stop e-mails to subscribers.

Second, I’m in the process of redeveloping my blog, which I will explain in deeply dull detail in the following post. Briefly, I’m revising my blog (and @conflictantiq Twitter feed) to try to document looting and destruction of cultural property in crises and conflicts as-it-happens. I’d be grateful for any comments (about the subject, the presentation, the delivery…); I’m keen to make my material as useful as possible.

read more »

%d bloggers like this: