ABCNews.com: France Shuts Down Popular Bodies Show

From ABCNews.com: France Shuts Down Popular Bodies Show

A French judge ruled Tuesday to shut down a Paris exhibition of real human bodies from China, saying that exhibiting dead bodies for profit is a “violation of the respect owed to them.”

Human rights groups are hailing Judge Raingeard’s decision.

“I am extremely happy with the decision,” said Richard Sedillot, a lawyer for two Paris-based human rights groups who filed a complaint against the show’s organizer.

Sedillot said that given the well-documented human rights abuses in China, he fears some of the cadavers on display come from executed prisoners.

“I am convinced that the exhibition is the last step in a horrible traffic operation of human bodies originating in China.”

Sedillot said the organizer could not prove that the bodies on display were donated with consent and that the exhibition itself violates French law.

It’s a major step for the French to shut down the exhibit.  As long as the bodies used are Chinese, there will always be questions as to whether or not they were used without consent.

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