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PROCLAMATION NO 209/2000 A Proclamaion to Provide for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage


PROCLAMATION NO 209/2000

A Proclamaion to Provide for Research and

Conservation of Cultural Heritage

WHEREAS,Cultural heritage constitutes the imprints of a people’s age-old way of life, labor and creativity;

WHEREAS,Cultural Heritage constitutes an indispensable source of information for the purpose of study and research regarding the origin and evolution of man and other forms of life and thereby for the better understanding of nature and environment.

WHEREAS, Cultural Heritage makes a major and universal contribution to the development of science and regarding the whole gamut of human knowledge generally.

WHEREAS, Ethiopia, a country of nations, nationalities and peoples with history and culture of their own, has through the course of their long history acquire numerous cultural heritage including those which have been registered in the World Cultural Heritage List;

WHEREAS,Cultural heritage plays a major role in enabling the next generation to acquire profound and extensive awareness about its culture and history, which is the expression of its identity, and hence the protection and preservation of cultural heritage has been made the responsibility of each citizen, the society,

WHEREAS, it has become necessary to devise ways and means for the full protection and preservation of cultural heritage and to ensure that the research of Cultural Heritage at all stages is carried out in a way consonant with the national interest and the rights of the people;

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with Article 55(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, it is hereby proclaimed as follows


PART ONE GENERAL

 

 

  1. Short Title

This proclamation may be cited as the “Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage Proclamation No. 209 /2000

  1. Establishment

1/ The Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (hereinafter referred to as “the Authority”) is hereby established as a government institution with a juridical personality.

2/ The Authority is accountable to the Minister of Information and Culture.

  1. Definition

 

In this proclamation unless the context requires otherwise .

1/ “Minister” means the Minister of Information and Culture;

2/ “Authority” means the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage established under Article 2 of this proclamation;

3/ “Advisory Council” means the Council referred to in Article 8 of this proclamation.

4/ “Cultural Heritage” means anything tangible or intangible which is the product of creativity and labour of man in the pre-history and history times, that describes and witnesses to the evolution of nature and which has a major value in its scientific, historical, cultural, artistic and handicraft content;

5/ “Intangible Cultural Heritage” means any Cultural Heritage that cannot be felt by hands or ears, and includes different kinds of performances and show, folklore, religious, belief, wedding and mourning ceremonies, music, drama, literature and similar other cultural values, traditions and customs of nations, nationalities and peoples;

6/ “Tangible Cultural Heritage” means Cultural Heritage that can be seen and felt and includes immovable or moveable historical, and man made Cultural heritage.

7/ “Immovable Cultural Heritage” means Cultural Heritage attached to the ground with a foundation and which can be moved only by dismantling and shall include:

  1. sites where cultural heritage have been discovered, palolontological historic and pre-historic archeological places.
  2. buildings, memorial places, monuments and palaces;
  3. remains of ancient towns burial places, cave paintings, and inscriptions.
  4. church, monastery, mosque or any other places of worship.

8/ “Movable Cultural Heritage” means Cultural Heritage not attached to the foundation and that can be moved from place to place easily and which are handed down from the past generation and shall include:

  1. Parchment manuscripts, stone paintings and implements, sculptures and statues made of gold, silver, bronze, iron, copper or of any other mineral or wood, stone, inscriptions skin, ivory, horn, archaeological and bone or earth or of any other material, and also Palaeontological remains.
  2. Written and graphic documents or cinematographic and photographic documents or sound and video recordings,
  3. Coins made of gold, silver, bronze, copper or of any other materials;
  4. Ethnographic implement, ornament or any other cultural object of nations, nationalities and peoples;

 

 

9/ “Cultural Heritage Registration” means registration in the form prepared to collect wide information of Cultural Heritage, which shall include photographing, recording in film or video as appropriate, so as to put in place the means to catalogue, inspect, study, protect and conserve cultural heritage and facilitate utilization of same for the purpose of recreation and education;

 

10/ “Conservation” means a general protection and preservation activity carried on a Cultural Heritage without changing without changing is antique content;

11/ “Excavation” means the activity of systematic digging up any Cultural Heritage situated underground, with manpower or machines a study, in order to conduct on such Cultural Heritage;

12/ “Museum” means a non-profitable organization which collects, preserves and repairs cultural heritage; renders service to the public by preparing and organizing collections for their use in research, study, education and entertainment.

13/ “Person” means a physical or juridical person.

  1. Obiectives

The Authority shall have the following objectives:

1/ carry out a scientific registration and supervision of cultural heritage so that, cultural heritage, as bearing witnesses to history, may be handed down from generation to generation.

2/ protect cultural heritage against man made and natural disasters;

3/ enable the benefits of cultural heritage assist in the economic and social development of the country: and

4/ discover and study cultural heritage.

  1. Head Office

The Authority shall have its head office in Addis Ababa and may have branch offices elsewhere, as may be necessary.

  1. Powers and Duties of the Arthority

The Authority shall have the following powers and duties:

1/ registers cultural heritage in cooperation with the appropriate body;

2/ protects and supervises cultural heritage; collects information on cultural heritage, studies or causes the study of same.

3/ give the necessary education and advice on the content, benefit and preservation of cultural heritage;

4/ Collects cultural heritage in museum and makes available same to visitors and researchers; organizes exhibition to be held and displayed in the country or abroad.

5/ Carries out study and research on cultural heritage, issues permit for study and research, and supervises same.

6/ gives a professional qualification certificate for any person who establishes a museum and a certificate for registered registration of Cultural Heritage.

7/ gives permission for Cultural Heritage restoration and conservation works;

8/ Controls illicit-trafficking and looting of cultural heritage. Take all the necessary measure and devises, ways for the repatriation of cultural heritage which has been taken out illegally and held in foreign countries.

9/ Creates a system which warrants; an efficient controlling mechanism with regard to clearance of souvenirs; grants permit for archeological samples, casts, that are sent abroad for study and research; controls Land forbids their use for commercial purposes.

10/ Provide professional and technical support for preservation and protection as well as, study and research activities conducted on same in of Cultural Heritage Regional administrations.

11/ trains experts for the accomplishment of the objectives of the Authority;

12/ implements ratified international agreements regarding cultural heritage which have been ratified by the country

13/ sets standards for exhibitions regarding Ethiopia to be staged at the international, national, and regional levels; issues permit for same.

14/ ascertains that commercial and another marks that bear the names and pictures of cultural heritage do not damage its values.

15/ charge fees for license it issues and service it renders;

16/ Owns property, enters into contract, sue and be sued in its own name.

17/ Performa such other activities to attain its objective.

  1. Organization of the Authority

 

The Authority shall have:

1/ Advisory Council.

2/ a General manager; and

3/ the necessary staff.

8/ The Advisory Council

 

1/ The Advisory council shall be composed of –13— members who are to be recommended by the minister and designated by the government.

2/ The advisory council shall be accountable to the minister.

9/ Powers and Duties of the Advisory Council

The Advisory Council shall have the following powers and duties.

 

1/ Study and submit to the minister proposals relating to the powers and duties of the Authority.

2/ provide advice to enable the Authority carry out its duties and responsibilities;

3/ Evaluate periodically the activities on the study and conservation of cultural heritage.

4/ Evaluate preservation projects and programme of cultural heritage undertaken by the Authority and provides advice;

 

10/ Meetings of the Advisory Council

 

1/ The Council shall meet twice a year: provided, however, that it may meet at any time at the request of the Chairperson or one third of its members;

2/ There shall be a quorum where the majority of the members are present;

 

3/ Decision of the council shall be passed by majority vote; provided, however, that the Chairperson shall have a casting vote in case of a tie;

4/ The council shall draw up its own rules of procedure;

  1. Powers and duties of the General Manager

 

1/ The General Manager shall, on recommendation of the Minister, be appointed by Government.

2/ The General Manager shall be the Chief executive officer of the Authority and shall direct and administer the Authority.

3/ without prejudice to Sub-Article (2) of this Article, the General Manager shall:

  1. implement the powers and duties of the Authority as provided for in Article of this proclamation;
  2. prepare the work plan and program as well as the annual budget proposal of the Authority: and Implement same up on approval;
  3. employ and administer the personnel of the Authority in accordance with Federal Civil service laws;
  4. Submit to the Minister the overall activity report and the work description of the Authority;
  5. open Bank accounts and effect expenditure on the basis of the approved budget and work program of the Authority;
  6. represent the Authority in all its dealings with third parties.

4/ The General Manager may delegate his powers and duties to officials and employees of the Authority to the extent necessary for the efficient management of the Authority.

  1. Budget

 

The budget of the Authority shall be drawn from the following sources:

  1. Budget allocated to it by the Government.
  2. Income from service and permit fees; and.
  3. Other sources.
  1. Books of Account

1/ The Authority shall keep complete and accurate books of accounts and documents.

2/ The books of accounts and other financial documents of the Authority shall be audited annually by other the Auditor General or by auditors designated by him.

PART TWO

MANAGEMENT OF CULTURAL HERITAGE

  1. Ownership of Cultural heritage

1/ Cultural heritage may be owned by the state or by any person.

2/ Notwithstanding the provisions of Sub-Article (1) of this Article, Cultural heritage discovered in accordance with the provisions of Part Three herein may be held in ownership only of the state.

  1. Establishment of Museums

Any person, whose professional qualification has been certified by the authority may establish a museum. The implementation and execution of same shall be determined by the regulation & directives to be issued.

  1. Classification of Cultural heritage

The classification of cultural heritage at National, and Regional level shall be determined by law.

  1. Registration of Cultural heritage

1/ Any person who holds cultural heritage ownership shall get registered same in accordance with the directives issued by the Minister.

2/ The Authority shall register cultural heritage using codes appropriate for their custody and preservation.

3/ A certificate of registration shall be issued to the person for registration of the Cultural Heritage he has got of registered.

4/ Expenses incurred in connection with the registration of cultural heritage pursuant to his Article shall be borne by the Authority.

  1. Duties of Owners of Cultural heritage

 

Any person who possesses a Cultural Heritage shall have the following duties.

1/ to preserve and protect properly the Cultural Heritage on his own expense.

2/ to allow, upon the request of the Authority, the use of Cultural Heritage for exhibition.

3/ respect the provisions of this proclamation dealing with the handling and use of the Cultural Heritage and the regulations and directives issued pursuant to same proclamation.

 

 

19. Conservation and Restoration of Cultural heritage

 

1/ Any conservation and restoration work on Cultural Heritage shall be carried out with the prior approval of the Authority.

2/ Where the expenses required for the conservation and restoration are beyond the means of the owner, the government may grant the necessary assistance to cover part of such expenses.

20. Preservation of Cultural heritage Situated on Land Given in Usufruct

 

Any person shall ensure the preservation of cultural heritage situated on land which is given to him in usufruct.

21. Removal of Cultural Heritage

 

1/ An immovable Cultural Heritage may not be removed from its original site without the prior written approval of the Authority.

2/ Any person shall notify the Authority before removing registered movable Cultural Heritage from its original site.

22. The use of Cultural Heritage

 

1/ Cultural heritage shall be used for the purpose of promoting the development of science, education, culture and fine arts.

2/ The use of cultural heritage for economic and other purposes may only be allowed if such use is not detrimental to its preservation and does not impair its historical, scientific and artistic values.

3/ The use of cultural heritage shall be in accordance with the directives to be issued according to this proclamation.

23. Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Heritage

 

1/ Where the holder of Cultural Heritage transfers same to another, both the transferes and the transferee shall submit, in advance a written notification to the Authority.

2/ The Authority shall enjoy a right of preemption over the sale of cultural heritage.

24. Trading in Cultural Heritage

 

1/ No person may engage in the purchase and sale of cultural heritage for commercial purposes

2/ Any person may record cultural heritage on film or cast or reproduce them in any manner for commercial purposes in accordance with the regulations or directives to be issued.

25. Expropriation of Cultural heritage

 

Any Cultural Heritage:

1/ which is not properly protected, repaired and restored; or, which is exposed to decay, contrary to the provisions of this proclamation, regulations and directives to be issued for the implementation of this proclamation; or, which is exposed to damage or decay due to its use contrary to the manner prescribed in Article 22(3); or

2/ whose custody in a museum is deemed necessary, and compensation thereof is decided by the council of Ministers;

3/ which has been detained while being taken out of the country illegally, may be confiscated by the Authority.

26. Repatriation of Cultural heritage

 

1/ Cultural heritage illegally held in other countries shall be repatriated.

2/ Data on cultural heritage held in other countries shall be collected and publicized.

27. Cultural Heritage outside the Country

 

Exporting Cultural heritage is prohibited, however, it may be temporarily taken out of the country for scientific study, cultural exchange or exhibition upon the approval of the Minister.

28. Foreign Cultural Heritage Brought into Ethiopia

 

Foreign cultural heritage, which is brought into Ethiopia for the purpose of cultural exchange, shall be accorded government protection as necessary.

 

PART THREE

Exploration, Discovery and study of Cultural Heritage

29. Exploration, Discovery and Study of Cultural Heritage

 

Exploration, discovery and study of cultural heritage shall be conducted on Paleaontology, archaeology, anthropology and related fields.

30. Requirement of Permit

1/ No person may conduct exploration discovery and study of cultural heritage without obtaining a prior written permit from the Authority.

2/ The Authority shall, before granting the permit, ensure that the applicant is professionally competent and has adequate financial resources to carry out the exploration, discovery, and study work.

31. Particulars of the Applicatio

An application submitted to the Authority to conduct the exploration, discovery and study of cultural heritage shall be prepared in accordance with the regulations or directives issued for the implementation of this proclamation.

32. Particulars of the Permit

 

The particulars of a permit granted for exploration, discovery, and study of cultural heritage shall be provided in the regulations and directives issued for the implementation of this proclamation

33. Duration of Validity of the Permit

 

1/ Cultural heritage exploration, discovery and study permit may be granted for a period not exceeding three years.

2/ The Authority may renew the permit for a period of not more than two years where the period of its validity expires before the exploration work is completed.

3/ The Authority, upon reception of a new application, may grant the permit as necessary in addition to the provided in Sub-Articles (1) and (2) of this Article.

34. Fees for the Issuance and Renewal of Permit

 

Fees for the issuance and renewal of permit shall be determined by the regulations to be issued for the implementation of this proclamation.

35. Duties of Permit Holder

 

Every permit holder shall have the following duties.

1/ submit periodically, to the Authority, progress reports on the exploration, discovery and study works.

2/ keep a special register with complete description of each exploration, discovery and study.

3/ properly preserve every exploration, discovery and study and hand over same to the Authority.

4/ keep every exploration, discovery and study in secret in accordance with the terms of the agreement concluded with the Authority;

5/ not to explore or study beyond the kind of study and the site permitted;

6/ carry out the study in a manner that may not damage the culture, belief and psychology of the peoples inhabiting in the area where the study is conducted.

7/ restore the site to its original state at the completion of the exploration work.

8/ ensure the participation and training of Ethiopians in the exploration, discovery and study of cultural heritage;

9/ provide insurance coverage for Ethiopian participants in field activities;

10/ fulfill such other duties as are required by the profession; and,

11/ respect and implement this proclamation and the regulations and directives to be issued thereunder.

  1. Suspension and revocation of Permit

1/ In the event a permit holder violates the provision of Article 35 of this Proclamation, the Authority may suspend the permit until it gives a decision on the case.

2/ The Authority may revoke the permit where the holder fails to comply with the requirements of this proclamation and the regulations and directives issued for the implementation of this proclamation.

3/ Any person whose license is revoked pursuant to this Article may appeal to the Minister within 30 days of receipt of such decision; the Minister’s decision on the Case shall be final.

  1. Supervision

1/ The Authority shall assign an official to represent it in matters relating to the exploration project.

2/ The official assigned pursuant to Sub-Article (1) of this Article shall supervise the proper carrying out of the exploration, discovery and study work in accordance with the provisions of this proclamation and regulations and directives issued for the implementation of this proclamation.

  1. Publicizing Discoveries

Any field discovery shall be first publicized, through national media by the Authority.

  1. Publication of Reports and Result of Studies

1/ The permit holder shall have the exclusive right to publish the exploration reports and the results of his studies for the five years period following t he completion of the field work, provided; however, that, he shall give notice to the Authority prior to the publication of same.

2/ The permit holder shall provide the Authority, free of charge, with five copies of each such publication.

3/ In case of failure by the permit holder to publish the reports and results of his studies within the period specified under Sub-Article (1) of this Article, the Authority may itself publish them fully or partly or authorize their publication by any another person.

  1. Ownership over Result of Studies

Without prejudice to the provisions of Article 35(3) hereof, the ownership right of the permit holder over documents bearing the results of his studies shall be protected in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Ethiopian civil code.

  1. Fortuitous Discovery of Cultural heritage

1/ Any person who discovers any Cultural Heritage in the course of an excavation connected with mining explorations, building works, road construction or other similar activities or in the course of any other fortuitous event, shall forthwith report same to the Authority, and shall protect and keep same intact, until the Authority takes delivery thereof.

2/ The Authority shall upon a receipt of a report submitted pursuant to Sub-Article (1) hereof, take all appropriate measures to examine, take delivery of, and register the Cultural Heritage so discovered.

3/ Where the Authority fails to take, within six months, a appropriate measures in accordance with Sub-Article (2) of this Article, the person who has discovered the Cultural Heritage may be released from his responsibility by submitting a written notification, with a full description of the situation, to the Regional government official.

4/ The Authority shall ensure that the appropriate reward is granted to a person who has handed over a Cultural Heritage discovered fortuitously in accordance with Sub-Articles (1) and (2) of this article. And such person shall be entitled to reimbursement, of expenses, if any, incurred in the course of discharging his duties under this Article.

PART FOUR

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

  1. Reserved Areas

1/ The Council of Ministers may, upon the recommendation of the Minister, declare any area as a reserved area and publish same in the Negarit Gazeta, where an assemblage of immovable cultural heritage is situated or where such an area is deemed to be an archaeological site.

2/ Unless otherwise specifically decided by the Council of Ministers, no person may, without a permit issued by the Authority, carryout building or road construction, excavations of any type or any operation that may cause ground disturbance in an area declared reserved pursuant to Sub-Article (1) of this Article.

3/ Any person who holds permit to conduct construction works in reserved area and who discovers cultural heritage in the course of construction activities shall stop construction and shall forthwith report same in writing to the authority.

  1. Inspection

1/ An inspector authorized by the Authority may, in accordance with the directives issued by the Minister, enter, at reasonable hours, any place where there is any Cultural Heritage and conduct inspection to ensure that the Cultural Heritage is properly maintained and protected.

2/ The owner of Cultural Heritage shall have the duty to allow any inspector of the Authority carrying proper identification to enter any place where the Cultural Heritage is found and to inspect same in accordance with Sub-Article (1) of this Article.

  1. Duty to Cooperate

Every person shall have the duty to cooperate in matters relating to the implementation of this proclamation, regulations and directives issued for the implementation of.

  1. Penalty

 

1/ Unless the penal code provides for a more severe penalty, any person who:

  1. violates the provisions of Articles 18, 20, 23, (1) or 44 (2) of this proclamation shall be punished with imprisonment not exceeding six months or with fine not exceeding Birr 1500 or with both;
  2. violates the provisions of Articles 19(1), 21, 22(2) or 35 of this proclamation shall be punished with imprisonment not exceeding one year or with fine not exceeding Birr 3000 or with both;
  3. violates Articles 24 or 27 or 30/1/ or 42/1/ or 43/2/ of this proclamation shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment from three to five years or with fine from Birr 10,000 to 15,000 or with both.

2/ Unless the penal code provides for a more sever penalty, any person who:

  1. commits theft on cultural heritage shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment from seven to ten years;
  2. destroys or damages cultural heritage intentionally shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment not less than ten years and not exceeding twenty years;
  3. in the exercise of his official duty destroys or damages or abstracts or cause to be abstracted cultural heritage to obtain an unlawful enrichment shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment not less than fifteen years and not exceeding twenty years
  1. Power to Issue Regulations and Directves

1/ The Council of Ministers shall have the power to issue Regulations for the implementation of this proclamation.

2/ The Minister shall have the power to issue directives for the implementation of this proclamation.

  1. Repealed and inapplicable law

1/ Study and protection of Cultural Heritage Proclamation No. 36/1989 is hereby repealed.

2/ Any law or practices shall, in so far as it is inconsistent with the provisions of this proclamation, have no force or effect in relation to matters provided for in this proclamation.

  1. Effective Date

This Proclamation shall enter into force as of the 27th date of June, 2000. Done at Addis Ababa this 27th day of June, 2000.

NEGASO GIDADA (DR.

PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC

REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA

 

 

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