Amid Concerns the bodies are from Chinese prisoners and members of the Falun Gong Group.
The controversial “Real Human Bodies” exhibit will not be showcased at the Beaulieu Palace in Lausanne, as scheduled for October 19-21.
The City of Lausanne has decided to ban the exhibition over concerns that the preserved bodies are from Chinese prisoners and members of the Falun Gong spiritual meditation group.
The travelling display—already shown in the Netherlands, Belgium, and the Swiss capital Bern—was cancelled following a complaint from the group, Action by Christians Against Torture (ACAT). ACAT issued a statement that “the bodies used in this exhibition are very probably those of Chinese prisoners who were tortured or executed and members of the Falun Gong movement which is banned in China.”
No clarification offered
City authorities had requested the event organizers to provide information on the origins of the bodies and the written consent formed from deceased or their relatives. But the organizers were unable to provide concrete evidence or any explanation for the origins of the bodies.
City council member Pierre-Antoine Hildbrand stated that there are too many things unclear about the exhibit.
In Switzerland, every individual has the fundamental right to dispose of his or her remains according to his or her wish, and to give precise terms and conditions for the future of their remains. City authorities explained that since they were unable to dispel doubts about the origins of the bodies, the exhibit is likely to offend the sensitivities of the people of Lausanne.
Not the first time
This is not the first time that a human bodies exhibition has raised hackles in Switzerland. The real bodies exhibit had already sparked a debate in the Swiss capital Bern. But ACAT was unable to stop that show from taking place last weekend.
Last year the “Body Worlds” show, developed by German anatomist Gunther von Hagens, also encountered similar objections but was allowed to go ahead in Geneva.
The “Real Human Bodies” exhibit uses the technique of plastination that allows body tissues and organs to be preserved and displayed.