Treatment of the Deceased

This august General Assembly,
Having already guaranteed provisions for the deceased in wartime in its one hundred and thirty sixth resolution,
Wishing to expand its legislative protection to all the deceased,
Realising that remains of the deceased can sometimes be irretrievable or unidentifiable,
Taking into account that authorities may find it necessary to exhume remains for a criminal investigation,
Noting the various personal, cultural and religious provisions relating to the treatment of the deceased,
Hoping to establish prohibitions on malicious damage to the deceased,
Now in this present session assembled, by the approval of its many delegates and members, hereby:

  1. Defines, for the purposes of this resolution:

  2. “grave” as a location where the remains of the deceased are interred,

  3. “mutilation” as dismemberment or unnecessary damage,

  4. “unreasonable burial requests” as requests that could be expected to:

  5. cause damage to property,

  6. be impossible to finance by the relations of the deceased or the deceased,

  7. contravene national or international legislation.

  8. “molestation of a grave” as:

  9. opening of the grave unless previously permitted by the now deceased,

  10. destruction or damage not serving a legitimate purpose which the deceased could not reasonably object to to a grave’s markers unless previously permitted by the now deceased,

  11. mutilation of interred remains, except in the requirements of an autopsy or a criminal investigation.

  12. Demands that member states enforce laws that protect graves at least younger than a time that would take unembalmed interred remains to decay to the fullest possible extent from molestation.

  13. Mandates that all burial requests not considered to be unreasonable that are contained in the will shall be executed.

  14. Authorizes member states to:

  15. allow remains to be left in situ if they are considered to be irretrievable without unreasonable efforts,

  16. legislate freely on the scientific or medicinal use of organs or tissues from remains, at least allowing residents to opt-out of any use of their organs or tissues,

  17. handle remains in a manner contrary to the wishes of the deceased or their family in the event of an epidemic, catastrophe, major accident or other compelling situation.

  18. Clarifies that the World Assembly shall not restrict any cultural or religious practices relating to the treatment of the deceased, if these practices are known to have been explicitly requested by the deceased at the time of death unless a compelling reason in clauses 1 or 4 prevents it.

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This resolution is now up for vote.

Bai Lung will vote AGAINST.

“Treatment of the Deceased” was defeated 11,430 votes to 1,280.