Japanese skulls and bones from WWII kept at University California Berkeley museum

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Skulls and bones of Japanese who died during the Second World War are being kept at the University of California Berkeley in violation of the Geneva Conventions, according to a report.

The university's anthropology department is under pressure to return the remains of the Japanese soldiers and civilians, which were reportedly taken by a US navy doctor from the island of Saipan in 1945, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle. The bones are now being stored in an underground vault at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.

Legal experts say that by failing to repatriate the remains and using them for research, the United States is violating the Geneva Conventions for the protection of war victims, which prohibits the pillaging of human remains.

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