Repatriation of human remains

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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

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your email dated 07/12/2018  and your request for
information therein.

You have requested from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
information in relation to repatriation of Human Remains.

I confirm your request will be processed as a request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  Accordingly, you will receive the information you
have requested within 20 working days of the date of receipt of your
request by the Council unless the Council does not hold the information or
there is a reason to withhold all or part of the information requested.
 Council will write to you in any event.  

For further information in relation to the Freedom of Information Act 2000
I would refer you to the Information Commissioner's Office website,
[1]www.ico.org.uk

If you wish to discuss the above please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Suzanne Trainor
Information Officer
Comhairle Ceantair an Iúir Mhúrn agus an Dúin
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
Downshire Civic Centre
Ardglass Road
Downpatrick
BT30 6GQ

Council: 0300 013 2233
Planning: 0300 200 7830
 
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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your email received 7/12/2018 and your request for
information therein.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you have requested information
in relation to repatriation of human remains.  I confirm your request has
now been processed as a request under the terms of the Act and,
accordingly, please see Council's response below.

 
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. NONE

2. How many human remains do you have in your collection which originated
in:  NONE
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? NONE

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? NONE

If you wish to discuss the above, please do not hesitate to contact me
directly.

I trust this is of assistance.  However, should you be unhappy with our
response in this matter you may request an Internal Review of our response
by 15/02/2019.You can contact Edel Cosgrove Head of Compliance
([email address]) in that regard. In the event you are unhappy
with the outcome of any Internal Review conducted by the Council you may
apply to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for a review of our
response. Please note that the ICO generally expects Internal Reviews to
be completed prior to reviewing the decisions of public bodies.  For
further information in relation to Freedom of Information I would direct
you to the website of the Information Commissioner at: [1]www.ico.org.uk.

Regards

Suzanne Trainor
Information Officer
Comhairle Ceantair an Iúir Mhúrn agus an Dúin
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
Downshire Civic Centre
Ardglass Road
Downpatrick
BT30 6GQ

Council: 0300 013 2233
Planning: 0300 200 7830
 
www.newrymournedown

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