FACT SHEET: Deny ISIS Funding & Save Syria's Antiquities (HR 1493)
Apr 26, 2016
Deny ISIS Funding & Save Syria’s Antiquities
The Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act
ISIS Profits from Destroying World History
- ISIS earns tens of millions annually from looting and trafficking antiquities to fund terror.
- A UN Security Council resolution passed in February calls on all nations to help defund ISIS by preventing trade in Syrian antiquities.
- America’s allies have already imposed import restrictions on trafficked Syrian and Iraqi artifacts.
- Congress established similar restrictions for Iraqi artifacts in 2004 but has yet to act for Syria, leaving Syrian artifacts open to looting and trafficking by ISIS.
- Imposes import restrictions on illicit Syrian artifacts to undercut looting and trafficking.
- Provides for antiquities to be temporarily protected by U.S. institutions until they can be safely returned to their rightful owners.
- Expresses congressional support for establishing an interagency coordinating committee to better protect historical sites and artifacts at risk worldwide.
- Improves congressional oversight of efforts to save cultural property.
Action Needed Now
- With final House passage, H.R. 1493 will head to the President’s desk for signature.