IILJ Emerging Scholars Paper 26 (2017)

Nation-Building or Pageantry: Repatriating the Remains of South Africa’s Khoisan Amid Demands for Recognition

Olivia Greene

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Post-apartheid Khoisan demands for recognition of their indigenous status have pushed the South African government to confront the limitations of a human rights framework with respect to the collective rights and remedies sought by Khoisan groups. This article will focus on efforts to repatriate Khoisan remains from museums in South Africa and abroad as a means of exploring the challenges that Khoisan groups and the government have faced in articulating how Khoisan communities can fully realize their constitutional human rights within the country’s democratic framework.