Repatriation of human remains

Maciej Wójtowicz made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Cornwall Council as part of a batch sent to 265 authorities

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Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Sir or Madam

REPATRIATION OF HUMAN REMAINS

I am carrying out some research into the storage, retention and repatriation of non-European ethnological human remains held in UK regional museums or archives some of which are owned, managed or funded by UK local authorities.

To assist with this could you please let me have the following information under the Freedom of Information Act. All of these questions relate to human remains that are under 1,000 years of age. If your organisation is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act please consider supporting this research anyway and providing the information voluntarily. A link to the research will be provided to all contributers when it is published:

1. How many non-European human remains do you have in your collection or collections managed by organisations which you fund or control? If you do not have the exact number then please provide an approximation based on your normal method of counting.

2. How many human remains do you have in your collection which originated in:
a. Canada
b. New Zealand
c. Australia

3. How many requests for the repatriation of human remains have you had from communities, individuals or institutions outside of Europe since the Human Tissue Act 2004 came into force?

4. Of these requests, how many were:
a. Approved in full, with all of the requested remains being returned to the communities/individuals in question.
b. Approved in part with some of the requested remains being returned.
c. Not approved.
d. Still awaiting a decision.

5. For those requests which were not approved please provide a copy of the final decision letter setting out the reasons.

6. How many human remains have you repatriated to their country of origin proactively without receiving a request?

Thanking you in advance for your assistance with this important research project which should help to reconnect numerous Indigenous communities with their lost ancestors.

Yours faithfully

Maciej Wójtowicz

Cornwall Council

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Dear Mr Wójtowicz

Your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Thank you for your request dated 7th December 2018. Please find attached the Council's response to your request.

We hope that this fully satisfies your enquiry, but should you require further information at any time please feel free to submit a new request.

Cornwall Council is committed to open and transparent government and provides information to members of the public about all aspects of the authority.

We deal with around 2000 FOI/EIR requests for information each year, with the cost to the Council ranging between £25 and £450 per request. You may be able to find the information by checking previous responses on our Disclosure Log, the Council's Publication Scheme, or by checking the Council's website at www.cornwall.gov.uk.
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Email: [Cornwall Council request email]

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Yours sincerely
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Julia Richards - Freedom of Information & Complaints Advisor
Cornwall Council - Customer Access and Digital Services

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