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Kwame Opoku: Declaration on the Importance and Value of the Universal Museum (DIVUM): Singular Failure of an Arrogant Imperialist Project

The Declaration on the Importance and Value of the Universal Museum (DIVUM) of 2002 in now 10 years old. The DIVUM, writes Kwame Opoku, is a very remarkable document that differs essentially from other declarations and documents that include in their title “Universal”, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Whereas the latter aims at uplifting mankind from the miserable and abject conditions into which it has been plunged by unjust and oppressive systems and conditions, DIVUM was aimed at consolidating the results of oppressive systems and preventing the victims from attempting to reverse the results of imperialist adventures. In effect DIVUM was advancing the argument that there should be no attempt to seek to reverse the transfer of artefacts that had been acquired under colonial and other violent and oppressive condition.

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