Repatriation of human remains

Maciej Wójtowicz made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Southend on Sea Borough 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

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Dear M Wójtowicz,

 

Thank you for your request received on 07.12.18 for information which will
be under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Environmental
Information Regulations 2004 as appropriate. Your request should receive a
reply by 09.01.19.

 

If you have any queries please get in touch quoting the FOI reference
number FOI 07962.

 

Kind regards,

 

Dominic Sexton – Corporate Freedom of Information Team – Southend-on-Sea
Borough Council

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Dear Ms Wojtowicz

 

In response to your Freedom of information request number 7962, in which
you asked the following questions

 

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:

i.             Canada

ii.           New Zealand

iii.          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:

i.             Approved in full, with all of the requested remains being
returned to the communities/individuals in question.

ii.           Approved in part with some of the requested remains being
returned.

iii.          Not approved.

iv.          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?

 

I can confirm that a search for the information has been completed.

 

1.    We do not have any non-European ethnological human remains only
local, so our response is 0.

2.    n/a

3.    n/a

4.    n/a

5.    n/a

6.    n/a 

 

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Debee Skinner | Business Intelligence Officer | Southend-on-Sea Borough
Council

 

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