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Country Summary for CAMBODIA

I.  Relevant Legislation
II.  Regulated Cultural Property


'National cultural heritage'cultural property created or discovered on national territory. (LPCH, Art. 2)

'Cultural property'any work produced by human agency and any natural phenomenon of a scientific, historic, artistic or religious nature which bears witness to a certain stage in the development of a civilization or of the natural world and whose protection is in the public interest. Specific cultural property is to be registered by sub-decree. (LPCH, Art. 4)

Classification is the registration of public or private cultural property which has already been inventoried and whose protection is in the public interest from a scientific, historical, artistic or religious point of view. (LPCH, Art. 11)


Listing in the inventory consists of keeping a record of public and private cultural property which, while not necessarily requiring immediate classification, is nonetheless of some importance from a scientific, historical, artistic or religious point of view. (LPCH, Art. 7)

The competent authority shall draw up a list of cultural property classified at the end of each year. That list, organized by province and published in an official Gazette, shall indicate:               
(1) the nature of the cultural property classified;
(2) the place where it is located;
(3) the surnames and first names of its owner;
(4) the date of classification.(LPCH, Art. 18)

III.  Export Restrictions

IV.  Ownership Rights and Restrictions

V.  Violations, Penalties and Sanctions

VI.  International Conventions and Bilateral Agreements
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