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  • What kind of rights?
  • I believe a corpse in general has laws to protect it. In many states there are laws on the books to prevent the "desecration" of the dead. http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/news/stories/2008/03/30/crematorium0330.html?cxntlid=inform_artr
  • they have the right to remain silent
  • I grew up hearing that you shouldn't speak ill of the dead because they're not here to defend themselves, but along with many things in our society .. that's no longer seems to be a value. As for other kind of 'rights', do you mean burial? Protection from necrophilia?
  • Well, sure. They have the right to earn whatever they want and never have to pay taxes on it. They have the right to vacation for free anywhere in the universe. They have the right to never to have to hear their in-laws big flapping mouths throughout eternity. And did I mention the fabulous new right to wear ANYthing they wish into the next world? They do not have any rights to secrecy, however. All their secrets can be now be aired without impunity.
  • If they do they don't exercise them.
  • The right not to be 'tampered' with... I cried when I heard about James Dean :(
  • They have the right to be left the hell alone.
  • I exhume that they may. Abra Cadaver said the dead magician.
  • dead people have no rights. in fact, they're considered property of the heirs.
  • They have rights as to the extent of their will and last wishes. If they have this set up the way they want to and the attorney is good. Dead people get anything they want and no one can complain to them. :)
  • the right to rest in peace. That's one of the reason's that I believe that grave robbing is such a bad thing.
  • They have wills
  • They have the right to be respected. Just like all humans. ~+~
  • Only the respect we give them . A dead person becomes the property of their next of kin.
  • 1) "The Human Tissue Authority is a UK Non-Departmental Public Body created by the Human Tissue Act 2004. It exists to regulate the removal, storage, use and disposal of human bodies, organs and tissue for a number of scheduled purposes such as research, transplantation, and education and training." [The Human Tissue Act 2004] "makes consent the fundamental principle underpinning the lawful storage and use of body parts, organs and tissue from the living or the deceased for specified health-related purposes and public display. It also covers the removal of such material from the deceased. It lists the purposes for which consent is required (the scheduled purposes)." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Tissue_Authority 2) "The contribution to our knowledge of the past that has been made by burials is immense and priceless. But what are the rights of the dead? Additionally, what are the rights of those from cultures where the dead are an important part of everyday life? Archaeologists do respect the dead, but frequently their scientific zeal can be misguided. They are often prone to forget that many present-day cultures consider the dead as part of their everyday experience. The dead must be respected and appeased; they can be as fickle and temperamental as the living. Can moral philosophy offer any viable solutions? All humans have rights — do the dead have rights and should we uphold them? Can the past will of the remains in a tomb be deemed a rational will? Are their rights still valid? In the west, we think that we can no longer cause distress to the dead, but a number of cultures live alongside the dead every day. We can take our position from a humanitarian point of view. If we show irreverence toward the dead, we may feel that this weakens our respect for living people and their beliefs and customs. However, when worldviews have changed, surely the rational will of a past human being would also have changed. But is this simply a western view? The question is unanswerable, since we cannot ask them. The solution is one of compromise and respect. We must give due weight to other beliefs — presented by those connected by genes or tradition with the dead. If a group of people can offer a set of religious beliefs which would present problems if archaeological work were to commence, we have a duty to consider them as valid. Likewise, the claim of archaeologists — the furthering of human understanding — is equally valid. Such knowledge can be beneficial to all humans." Source and further information: http://www.science-spirit.org/article_detail.php?article_id=22

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