Removal and return of cultural objects have informed human relations since antiquity. It is important to recall that contemporary responses and mechanisms to restitution claims must accord with the right of self-determination and be developed and operate with the effective participation and free prior and informed consent of the victims of serious cultural losses past and present.

Published in UNESCO’s Culture and Public Policy Tracker in the lead up to the World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development, in Mexico City in September 2022

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