You may not be aware, but this exhibit has faced serious ethical and human rights questions regarding the source of the human bodies on display. In particular ABC's 20/20 revealed in 2008 that some of the bodies were obtained in China and may have included execute prisoners.Akin's communication's director, Steve Taylor, tells Daily RFT this morning that the Republican congressman has made human rights in China one of his priorities after befriending Harry Wu, author of the book Bitter Winds that recounts the writer's nearly 20 years spent in a Chinese gulag.
This exhibit displays human remains of Chinese citizens or residents which were originally received by the Chinese Bureau of Police. The Chinese Bureau of Police may receive bodies from Chinese prisons. Premier cannot independently verify that the human remains you are viewing are not those of persons who were incarcerated in Chinese prisons.The congressman also notes that the St. Louis Science Center turned down an offer to display BODIES because of its questionable ethics. Instead, the Science Center in 2007 hosted a competing show called Body Worlds because of that company's ability to document the origins of its cadavers.
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