THERE are “grave concerns” that
cadavers featured in an Australian exhibition are from Chinese
political prisoners who were tortured and murdered.
More than 20
bodies and over 200 anatomical specimens were preserved for "Real
Bodies", an exhibition in Sydney which gives visitors a
special insight into how human bodies function.
But there are
“grave concerns that the bodies were not freely and willingly
donated”, according to Sophia Bryskine, a spokeswoman for Doctors
Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH).
She said: "The
origins of these bodies have been questioned, and they are believed
to come from China - either death row prisoners, or tortured
prisoners of conscience.
practitioners have been singled out as the most likely victims.”
people in the 1990s were imprisoned in some of China’s worst jails
for practising Falun Gong, a Buddhist-style religion.
Those who refused
to give up their spiritual beliefs were targets of brutal torture,
abuse and killings.
Exhibitions president Tom Zaller said claims the exhibition used
human cadavers originating from Chinese political prisoners were
“unfounded” and “offensive”.
But he was unable
to provide any evidence of their origins.
He said the bodies
were “absolutely from China” but said there was “no documentation”
to prove their identities or show they had agreed in life to donate
their corpses in death.
The bodies in the
exhibition were provided by Dalian Medical University Biology
Plantation in China.
Professor of Anatomy, Hong Jin Sui, said: "The specimens were
legally donated to the Dalian Hoffen Bio-technique Laboratory for
preservation, dissection and exhibition.
“We only accept
specimens that have been legally donated, are free of infectious
disease and certified to have died of natural causes.”
who produced the 2016 report “Bloody Harvest / The Slaughter” about
organ harvesting in China said they “worried greatly that none of
what is claimed for the exhibits is correct”.
major discrepancies in the number of corpses provided to science and
the figures for body donations in China.
The report read:
“Trafficking in human cadavers has become a business.
specimens are publicly priced and traded.”
A college student
in north-eastern China also questioned the origins of bodies alleged
to have been donated in a letter to Minghui.org.
The student wrote:
“Our tiny, amateurish medical college in Changchun somehow has more
bodies and organ specimens
than Waseda University in Tokyo.”
“How is it
possible that we have accumulated so many corpses and organ
specimens in recent years?
“I asked the
teacher whether these bodies were donated, but the teacher told me
not to ask.”
A version of this story originally
appeared on News.com.au.
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