Vermillion Accord on Human Remains (1989)

Organization: 

World Archaeological Congress

Source: 

Vermillion Accord on Human Remains

Date Approved: 

1989

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The Vermillion Accord on Human Remains

  1. Respect for the mortal remains of the dead shall be accorded to all, irrespective of
    origin, race, religion, nationality, custom and tradition.
  2. Respect for the wishes of the dead concerning disposition shall be accorded whenever
    possible, reasonable and lawful, when they are known or can be reasonably inferred.
  3. Respect for the wishes of the local community and of relatives or guardians of the dead
    shall be accorded whenever possible, reasonable and lawful.
  4. Respect for the scientific research value of skeletal, mummified and other human
    remains (including fossil hominids) shall be accorded when such value is demonstrated to
    exist.
  5. Agreement on the disposition of fossil, skeletal, mummified and other remains shall be
    reached by negotiation on the basis of mutual respect for the legitimate concerns of
    communities for the proper disposition of their ancestors, as well as the legitimate
    concerns of science and education.
  6. The express recognition that the concerns of various ethnic groups, as well as those of
    science are legitimate and to be respected, will permit acceptable agreements to be
    reached and honoured.