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Kwame Opoku: THE RECOVERY OF STOLEN OR LOOTED AFRICAN ARTS

 According to the report below, the President of Kenya has reiterated Kenya’s demand for the return of cultural objects which were stolen from the country, especially under the colonial regime.

It is remarkable that nearly some forty-eight years since many African countries regained their independence; they have still not recovered most of these looted cultural objects. These objects are still with the colonial regimes and their allies. This continued retention of cultural treasures that should have been returned on independence constitutes a partial denial of the independence and sovereignty of the States concerned.

Furthermore, the illegal retention of the cultural objects of others and the persistent refusal to return them constitute a constant violation of the human right to culture, the right to development and the right to freely determine cultural development and policies.

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