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Statement on Zimbabwean human remains

Read this statement from the Museum.

"The Natural History Museum cares for 20,000 human remains in its collection. They are referred to by scientists both at the museum and internationally for research.

We have a policy of considering formal requests for return of human remains to their places of origin, under the provisions of Section 47 of the Human Tissue Act 2004, and we have been involved in a series of significant repatriations.

This is a thorough process that involves establishing the correct provenance of remains based on complex historical sources.

It is not yet clear whether any remains in the Museum collection are related to the events, places or people referred to in President Mugabe’s recent speech."