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Letter from the Editor, Ann F. Corson MD

For many years, DAFOH has labored to raise the world’s awareness of China’s transplant atrocities. Now, with the novel coronavirus pandemic, the world is finally coming to truly understand the evil nature of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and how it has surreptitiously insinuated itself into positions of control over international organizations as well as many aspects of Western societies.

DAFOH has long called upon the medical community to stop collaborating with Chinese transplant surgeons on research, to stop partnering with Chinese transplant hospitals and to stop training Chinese transplant professionals. We have asked the international medical community to disengage from their Chinese counterparts until all aspects of China’s transplant medical practices become fully transparent and accountable with 100% voluntary organ donation procurement procedures in place.

As a result of the global pandemic which was facilitated by CCP negligence, calls to disengage from the Chinese regime have come from nearly every corner of the globe. The world now knows what DAFOH has been asserting for years, that the CCP tells outright lies and cannot be trusted. It is noteworthy that China’s officially reported transplant numbers and coronavirus figures can both demonstrate a “near-perfect 99.99% variance” which can be described by a simple mathematical formula.

It is our hope that governments, international organizations and transplant professionals will now realize that they have been seriously deceived for many years by Chinese officials. Forced live organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience has been ongoing for two decades, with perhaps millions of lives unethically and illegally terminated to reap profits for the Chinese regime. We must all denounce the CCP’s amorality and avarice by choosing the moral high ground, replacing short-term gain for long-term health and prosperity.

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People’s Tribunal Renders Final Judgment on China’s Forced Organ Harvesting Crimes

A people’s tribunal in London, referred to as the China Tribunal, rendered its final judgment regarding the Chinese government’s practices of forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience. In its 556-page judgment, the 7-member panel concluded that “[f]orced organ harvesting has happened in multiple places in the PRC [People’s Republic of China] and on multiple occasions for a period of at least 20 years and continues to this day…very many people have died indescribably hideous deaths” that “beyond reasonable doubt… constitute crimes against humanity.”

The China Tribunal was formed as an independent people’s tribunal by the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC). Panelists, drawn from several different countries, had expertise in international law, medicine, business and international relations. The purpose of the Tribunal was to examine the evidence of forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China and to investigate what criminal offenses may have been perpetrated by the Chinese government or government-supported institutions, organizations or individuals that may have engaged in forced organ harvesting. 

The panel was chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice, QC of the United Kingdom, who led the prosecution of Yugoslavia’s Slobodan Milosevic for war crimes. In his testimony via satellite at the Policy Forum on Organ Procurement and Extrajudicial Execution in China on Capitol Hill on March 10, 2020, Nice stated that “any person or organization that interacts in any substantial way with the People’s Republic of China” should recognize that “they are interacting with a criminal state.”

The Tribunal’s report follows months of investigations which began in 2018, including testimony from more than 50 experts, first-hand accounts from former political prisoners, evidence of phone call admissions from 2018, and numerous investigative reports with statistical data derived from years of research submitted as oral accounts or documentary evidence. A total of 300 pages of witness testimonies and submissions were considered. 

In their final judgment, the Tribunal released previously undisclosed evidence to support the panelists’ conclusions including: an undercover telephone call disclosing that former Chinese Communist premiere Jiang Zemin gave written orders to procure organs from Falun Gong practitioners; admission by doctors at Chinese transplantation hospitals during undercover telephone calls that organs from Falun Gong detainees have been used and are still available for transplantation; and the complete transcript of a telephone conversation with a Chinese government official who refers to himself as “the butcher,” who compares forced organ harvesting from living individuals to “slaughtering pigs . . . after scooping the organs out, I would sell them.” 

The panelists noted in their report that Chinese Communist Party officials were invited to attend and address the allegations made against them but repeatedly refused to do so.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, Nice said, ‘If you had clear evidence of crimes against humanity being committed closer to home in Europe, not only would the [UK] Government act but the public would demand they act. It should not matter this is on the other side of the world.” Nice added that because there is such clear evidence of “systemic and widespread” organ harvesting in China, international organizations should investigate the question of whether or not these transplantation crimes constitute genocide.

In an interview with The Epoch Times, Tribunal panelist Arthur Waldron, a China expert and University of Pennsylvania professor, stated that since the Tribunal has concluded beyond reasonable doubt that the evidence for China’s transplant abuse is indisputable and that crimes against humanity have been committed by the Chinese regime against Falun Gong practitioners and Uyghurs, the next step should be the initiation of action against Beijing at the International Criminal Court.

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Lung Transplants for Critically Ill Chinese Coronavirus Patients

On March 1, 2020, Chinese media announced that the world’s first successful double lung transplant for a critically ill coronavirus patient (Global Times, Xinhuanet, China Daily) was performed on February 29th by Chen Jingyu at the People's Hospital of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. Widely regarded as the “No. 1 Lung Transplant Surgeon in China,” Chen was quoted, “If we conduct more successful cases, I would recommend the National Health Commission to assemble a medical team to treat the critical patients in Wuhan with lung transplants.”

The Daily Mail reported that lung transplantation might represent a new treatment for coronavirus patients languishing on ventilators. The Epoch Times pointed out the incongruity of performing transplant surgery on an infected patient and questioned Chinese media’s assertion that, “[t]he transplanted lungs were donated by a non-local patient after brain death” as the transplant was performed just days after the patient was placed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

Xinhuanet and CGTN reported that a second lung transplant had been performed on March 1st for another coronavirus patient at the First Affiliated Hospital of the College of Medicine, Zhejiang University. These lungs were reportedly from a brain-dead donor in Hunan Province.

Although overseas media concerns might have dampened further reports, over the ensuing week, Chinese media said that a total of four coronavirus patients had received lung transplants, two in Wuxi and two at Zhejiang University.

Coincident with the Chinese report on March 1, 2020 was the release of the China Tribunal’s final judgment. During the preceding eighteen months, the Tribunal heard evidence regarding long-term use of prisoners of conscience as forced live organ donors for China’s burgeoning transplant industry.

The highly respected Tribunal members concluded, “Forced organ harvesting has happened in multiple places in the PRC [People’s Republic of China] and on multiple occasions for a period of at least twenty years” and that “there has been a population of donors accessible to hospitals in the PRC whose organs could be extracted according to demand… with many Falun Gong along with Uyghurs being compelled to have medical tests focused on their organs… Further still, it would appear probable that access to a supply of organs has been one of the reasons the PRC has been able to become so formidable in the skills required of transplant surgery… There is no evidence of the practice having been stopped and the Tribunal is satisfied that it is continuing.”

These conclusions validated previous research and added weight to concerns raised by physicians, human rights activists, ethicists, and investigative reporters.

Sean Lin, former U.S. Army virology researcher, told The Epoch Times transplant surgery is unlikely to help seriously ill patients as they are most likely still infected and “[d]oing this [transplant surgery] is completely blasphemous.”

DAFOH’s Executive Director Dr. Torsten Trey called lung transplantation an “unprecedented” approach to treating the novel coronavirus and added, “There is certainly the possibility that the organs used for the lung transplants were forcibly harvested from prisoners. This risk increases whenever there is an on-demand scenario where donor organs are swiftly delivered.”

In another Epoch Times article, Dr. Jacob Lavee, leading Israeli transplant surgeon and founding member of DAFOH, said, “In addition to highlighting the unusually short waiting time for suitable donors, allocating donor lungs to such patients at this time seems an unusual decision which might be medically challenged. However, it certainly hints towards an ample supply of such lungs, or else an irresistible urge to become scientifically world famous.”

Former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour told The Epoch Times he would be “very surprised” if the organ donors for the lung transplants were sourced from genuine consenting donors.

ETAC quoted Australia’s Macquarie University professor Wendy Rogers, “Hailing the lung transplants as a significant step in reducing mortality from COVID-19 [coronavirus] indicates confidence in supply. As I understand it, a significant proportion of deaths from COVID-19 are related to respiratory failure, so they would need considerable numbers of lungs to be available in order to reduce mortality.”

University of Sidney professor Maria Fiatarone Singh, MD, FRACP, also quoted by ETAC, said, “What are the odds that just by chance a donor with a lung that matched the type needed by a patient with respiratory failure from COVID-19 should happen to die on the exact day the lung was needed and just happened to have volunteered to be an organ donor in a country where donation of organs is considered culturally unacceptable by most of the Chinese population?”

Independent reporter, author, and China expert Ethan Gutmann pragmatically suggested that “These lung transplants done in record time suggests that they are open for business. I’m reading the announcements as an ad.”

Researcher Ruth Ingram pointed out that the rapidity with which matching lungs were found was suspicious and declared, “News today that China is trumpeting another first… should fall on unimpressed and deeply sceptical ears. Serious questions, not adulation, should be asked… particularly when they involve further double lung transplants at short notice.” Bioedge editor Michael Cook echoed Ingram and Tribunal members adding that “the crisis may have also opened a crack revealing a dark side to Chinese medicine.”

Investigative journalist CJ Werleman pointed out that “China… has a voluntary donor rate of only one for every two million citizens,” and how DAFOH has previously “questioned the authenticity of China’s officially released data.. that can only be explained by a large-scale, forced organ harvesting programme.” Werleman’s concerns that China is also harvesting organs from Uyghur Muslims to meet the demand for lung transplants due to the coronavirus crisis was echoed by The Daily Star, The Sun, and Ourbitcoinnews.

After the Policy Forum on Organ Procurement and Extrajudicial Execution in China, held on March 10th  in Washington DC, award-winning author Matthew Robertson said, “The authorities would say the [lungs] were obviously donated, but one can raise reasonable objections as to whether that was in the least plausible.” Robertson, a researcher at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, recently authored a report on China’s extrajudicial executions and illegal organ procurement. He deplored how “World governments have not publicly challenged China as to the source of its organs, and international medical and human rights organizations have also failed to raise public concerns as to the scale of the transplant system and the real source of organs.”

Despite the media outcry, critical questions remain. Where did the “donated” lungs transplanted into four Chinese coronavirus patients actually come from?  How were matching lungs found in such a short time?  Given the history of organs on demand in China, the experts agree there is sufficient reason to doubt the organs were from voluntarily donated brain-dead donors. Rather, it is more likely that China is forcibly removing lungs from living prisoners of conscience to transplant into sick coronavirus patients.

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Viral Pandemic Further Exposes Extent of CCP Influence

Concerns over the extent to which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has influenced the decisions of governments and international organizations have been amplified by the global outcry over China’s cover-up and propaganda surrounding the novel Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

In his book, Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept, retired Brigadier General Robert S. Spalding of the United States Air Force explains the unconventional war China has waged for the past three decades on the U.S. and other Western nations. In an interview on American Thought Leaders, General Spalding expressed concerns that the U.S., a global power accustomed to the use of military might, may not have recognized the alternative nature of this stealth war. He said China’s manipulation of economic and trade agreements has been used as a means of obtaining control over other nations, adding that the U.S. has already ceded power to China by decreasing domestic manufacturing capacity and allowing China to take control of manufacturing supply chains for many economic sectors. Additionally, China has surreptitiously obtained access to scientific and technological advancements made by U.S. companies, academic institutions, and government agencies. General Spalding expressed his opinion that the recent CCP narrative regarding the coronavirus pandemic is propaganda designed to control the world’s perception of China.

Despite the existing damage, General Spalding expressed faith that the U.S. will be able to win this war with China by exposing the truth and using its resources to restore proper economic and social balance in the world.

The United Nations and its agencies have come under greater scrutiny as a result of the current global pandemic. China currently heads four of the fifteen UN Special Agencies, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Telecommunication Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the UN Industrial Development Organization. Despite its long history of intellectual property theft, Beijing hopes to head the UN World Intellectual Property Organization as well.

For decades, U.S. officials hoped that bringing Beijing into United Nations organizations would change China by exposing it to more responsible governance. Unfortunately, they apparently did not anticipate that China would instead end up changing those organizations to align with the CCP's agenda.

Analysts worry about China’s increasing involvement in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as it was recently given a seat on the UNHRC Consultative Group. The director of the Geneva based UN Watch said, “Allowing China’s oppressive and inhumane regime to choose the world investigators on freedom of speech, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief. It’s absurd and immoral for the UN to allow China’s oppressive government a key role in selecting officials who shape international human rights standards and report on violations worldwide.”

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reported that China Tribunal members have written to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urging him to investigate the appointment of Chinese official Jiang Duan to the UNHRC Consultative Group, expressing grave concerns the UNHRC has not addressed China's extreme human rights abuses, including organ harvesting. U.S. Representative Chris Smith, a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and ranking member of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, has also condemned Jiang Duan’s appointment.

DAFOH has previously reported how China has used its influence at the UNHRC to block activists’ involvement in human rights forums, to monitor their activities, and even to persecute their family members.

The DAFOH petition with more than 3 million signatures calling for an end to China’s forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience was presented twice to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva yet no actions were taken.

The UNHRC has yet to address evidence presented to it by the China Tribunal’s chief counsel Hamid Sabi in September 2019 regarding China’s organ transplant abuses.

The UNHRC has also never addressed China's more than 20-year-long persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual movement.

In addition, UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) and the High Commissioner for Refugees have applauded China’s Belt and Road initiative which others see as a Chinese Trojan Horse for economic control, political dominance, and military expansion.

As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Beijing has vetoed any suggestions for discussion on the novel Wuhan coronavirus and its rapid spread throughout the world.

Experts around the world, including those in China, are questioning why the World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom waited to declare a global pandemic until two weeks after other nations had done so. Professor Bradley Thayer of the University of Texas, San Antonio and Lianchao Han, Vice President of Citizen Power Initiatives for China are confused as to why Tedros praised Beijing for its handling of the outbreak. The movement of people into and out of China was not curtailed despite the epidemic starting during the busy travel season associated with the Chinese New Year. Both Thayer and Han have accused Tedros of misreporting the number of cases in Wuhan and have asserted that the WHO is responsible for the rapid development of a global pandemic.

U.S. Senator Martha McSally has called for the resignation of the WHO Director due his reliance on inaccurate reports made by the Chinese regime about the outbreak. She notes that the parroting of deceptive information by the WHO demonstrates how much influence the CCP has over this international organization. Senator McSally blames Dr. Tedros for the deaths of those who have died from the virus worldwide.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz believes that the WHO has lost the credibility necessary for it to be effective and that its leadership position on the international stage should be re-assessed.

The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will be investigating the origins of the coronavirus outbreak and the WHO’s handling of the crisis, which has drawn growing criticism from U.S. lawmakers. Senator Rick Scott, the committee member who will lead the investigation, said, “We can’t trust communist China, we’ve learned we can’t trust the WHO because they lie to us.”

Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has called for the WHO to be renamed the “China Health Organization.”

As a result of China’s growing influence over the international community, lies told by the CCP and echoed by the WHO have resulted in incalculable global suffering with dramatic loss of life and economic devastation. The world’s people must now ensure that those who have lied be held responsible.

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Compelling Evidence of China’s Ongoing Transplant Crimes

The recent report “Organ Procurement and Extrajudicial Execution in China: A Review of the Evidence” by researcher Matthew Robertson presents compelling evidence that China’s longstanding crimes against humanity are ongoing, despite years of denial. The report, released by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, outlines the evidence and serves as a call to action.

Although Falun Gong practitioners have been the primary group targeted for organ harvesting, more recently it appears Uyghurs Muslims have been as well. Radio Free Asia notes as many as 1.8 million Uyghurs have been detained in camps with “reports of blood-testing, DNA typing, and the shipment of detainees to the Chinese interior by rail.”

China has used its powerful propaganda machine and financial resources to exert tremendous influence over global media, organizations, and governments. As a result, the validity of the evidence for forced organ harvesting collected over many years is often debated or ignored. Robertson hopes this report will act as a catalyst for the world to take action against China’s transplant crimes.

Using a broad but thorough approach, Robertson details the history of China’s organ transplant system, pointing to the sudden rise in organ transplants starting in the year 2000, just one year after the Chinese government began persecuting Falun Gong. “In the year 2000, the transplant system basically exploded in activity. Thousands of doctors and nurses were trained. The number of hospitals that were doing transplants went from less than 199 to up to 1,000 by 2000.”

Despite death penalty executions decreasing during this time period, the Chinese government has claimed that organs were sourced from executed prisoners. They also claimed that organs were obtained from voluntary donors, yet for cultural reasons, few Chinese people donate their organs.

The report highlights transplantation surgeries in China being scheduled in advance, something unheard of in countries with voluntary organ donation systems. In addition, organs have been procured within remarkably short time periods. “The most striking demonstration of instant organ availability can be found in the phenomenon of “emergency” transplantation: China’s ability to source livers within 4, 24, or 72 hours, according to China’s own Liver Transplant Registry,” says Robertson.

Despite ample evidence of forced organ harvesting, the international community has yet to address these crimes in earnest. The Epoch Times states that, “Meanwhile, international human rights organizations have, for a variety of reasons, mostly not engaged on the topic. The main media outlets and academic studies of China have remained silent.”

An article in the National Review, which questions how the international community could trust communist China to be honest, notes that the world’s silence has only served to worsen an already dire situation. “The silence has also emboldened Beijing. Free from global criticism, Communist officials hardly bother to explain the discrepancies and shortcomings in their transplant data or to provide real figures. China is also becoming less worried about people linking transplants to the oppression of the Falun Gong and the Uighurs.”

Robertson says, “The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation publishes this research in the hope it will bring attention to and careful consideration of these longstanding allegations, and that it may at last precipitate not only a shift in the terms of debate on this issue, but long-overdue U.S. and international governmental investigation and action.”

Now that the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the deceitful, self-serving nature of the Chinese Communist Party to the entire world, it is time to openly acknowledge, condemn, and stop the state-sanctioned forced live organ harvesting of innocent prisoners of conscience in China.

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U.S. State Department 2019 Human Rights Report Cites China’s Ongoing Violations

The U.S. State Department released its annual Human Rights Report in March, highlighting major human rights violations in countries around the world. As in past years, the report lists serious ongoing violations in China where the communist regime invests significant resources into hiding its human rights abuses and silencing the Chinese people. At a press conference marking the release of the annual report, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed to the Chinese government’s high-tech surveillance program which enables it to monitor and identify dissents. Pompeo noted that the regime intimidates journalists into silence and that lawyers representing pro-democracy dissidents or those persecuted for their faith such as House Christians, Falun Gong practitioners and Uyghurs are punished with revocation of their licenses and even imprisonment.

The State Department report lists forced organ harvesting among China’s violations again this year and calls into question the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) claim it has stopped using prisoner organs for transplantation. The report cites a study by the Australian National University which detailed evidence that voluntary organ donation numbers are falsified.

One of the newest human rights concerns listed in the report is the detainment of over one million Muslim Uyghur, Kazakh and Kyrgyz people in the Xinjian region. The CCP has classified its 1,200 internment camps as vocational training centers. DAFOH has previously reported that China’s Muslims are among the prisoners of conscience being used as a living organ bank along with Falun Gong practitioners who, for the past 20 years, have been imprisoned, tissue typed and killed on demand to fuel China’s booming organ transplant industry.

This year’s Human Rights Report names specific political prisoners and prisoners of conscience including Ma Zhenyu, imprisoned for sending six letters to CCP officials asking them to help stop the persecution of Falun Gong. Another named prisoner is Bian Lichao who is serving a 12-year sentence. His wife and daughter have also been arrested under the charge of promoting Falun Gong on the internet. Last year Ma Zhenyu’s wife participated in an international religious freedom conference hosted by the State Department where she expressed her fears that her husband will be killed for his organs while imprisoned.

As pointed out by Bitter Winter, the report does include a disappointing and faulty analysis of organ harvesting in China, claiming that “There was no direct evidence of an involuntary or prisoner-based organ transplant system.” Years of research detailed by the China Tribunal, Victims of Communism Report, End Transplant Abuse in China and DAFOH points incontrovertibly to a CCP directed, nationwide, state-organized prisoner based organ transplant system.

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UK Parliament Calls for Sanctioning of Organ Harvesting Perpetrators

On March 2, 2020, Former Health Minister Lord Hunt led calls for individuals connected with organ trafficking and organ harvesting to face sanctions under the proposals for the new UK Magnitsky Act. During a debate in the House of Lords, Hunt referenced a report by the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong that provides details about more than 7,800 doctors from 788 hospitals in China who are suspected of participating in illegal organ transplants in China. The sheer number of medical professionals described in this report highlights the severity of the issue and the magnitude of China’s state-sanctioned, commercial organ harvesting enterprise.

Contributing to the debate, Members of the House pressed Government Ministers on why the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued statements decreeing that in its view, “China is implementing an ethical, voluntary organ transplant system, in accordance with international standards.”  Questions were also raised regarding the WHO basing its position on the self-assessment made by a country that is a signatory, in this case, China, as well as the WHO having previously acknowledged concerns regarding the transparency of China’s transplant system.

The WHO issued statements to governments advising them of the ethical nature of China’s organ transplant system both before and after the publication of the China Tribunal’s final judgement on March 1, 2020. The judgement stated, “The Tribunal’s members are certain – unanimously, and sure beyond reasonable doubt – that in China forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has been practiced for a substantial period of time involving a very substantial number of victims,” and declared that organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and Uyghurs is a crime against humanity.

Given the gravity of the China Tribunal’s final judgement, questions emerged as to how and why China was allowed to conduct its own self-assessment, especially as the WHO has expressed concerns over transparency. During the debate, the international standards expected of an organ transplant system were also discussed. The UK has the Human Tissue Act of 2004 which regulates and governs organ transplant practices, of which prior consent is the founding, fundamental principle. With reports of ongoing illegal organ harvesting in China, both the ethical nature of China’s organ transplant system and the provisions for prior consent are called into question.

Also discussed during the House of Lords debate was how prisoners of conscience in China are forced to undergo DNA testing and the fear this may be a harbinger of subsequent organ harvesting. Concerns surrounding the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and Uyghurs and its connection to forced organ harvesting were echoed in the House of Commons in March during three separate debates about China, religious persecution around the world and the origin of human organs for medical research.

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News in Review



Benedict Rogers says conclusions of China Tribunal must be not be ignored

Co-founder and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission and human rights activist Benedict Rogers hopes investigations into China’s cover-up of the coronavirus pandemic will also address its human rights abuses. “[I]f we are to hold the Chinese regime accountable for its actions in relation to the pandemic, there is another healthcare-related atrocity which we should not ignore: reports of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience.” He concluded, “If there is to be, as some have advocated, a “reckoning” with the CCP regime after this pandemic, the charges of organ harvesting must be taken into account in that reckoning.”


Ignoring China’s human rights abuses may have contributed to coronavirus pandemic

Former Canadian justice minister Irwin Cotler says the current pandemic may be due in part to the international community’s failure to hold the Chinese regime accountable for decades of human rights abuses. Prominent Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas said, “If the global system had insisted on transparency and accountability in dealing with organ transplant abuse, and China had come to a global pressure for transparency and accountability in its health system in dealing with organ transplant abuse, we wouldn’t have this coronavirus now.”


Organ harvesting of Christians as part of persecution by Chinese regime

This article on the ongoing abuse of Christians in China states, “Reports indicate that organs are removed while prisoners are still alive and sold for a large profit…[China’s] actions are widely acknowledged and condemned by the international community…On February 27, 2020, a letter signed by many of these leaders was sent to President Trump urging him to demand human rights violations end as a condition of the Phase Two China Trade Agreement negotiations.”


Citing forced organ harvesting crimes, English Catholics urge Vatican to end deal with China

In an outcry over China’s human rights abuses, an open letter to the Vatican from prominent English Catholics calls into question the Holy See’s provisional agreement with China adopted in 2018. Mirroring the Pope’s language in a statement about the horrors of the Nazi regime, the letter states, “We the undersigned are writing to express our burning anxiety at the Vatican’s treaty with the People’s Republic of China in the light of the China Tribunal’s findings into forced organ harvesting.”


Uyghurs victims of both organ harvesting and the novel coronavirus

China is forcing detained Uyghur Muslims to work in factories evacuated due to the pandemic. This new form of human rights abuse comes on the heels of China’s appointment to the UN Human Rights Council Consultative Group. This article also states that China has “increased forced organ harvesting of the minority Muslim community to save the lives of coronavirus-infected Han population.”


WHO accepts China’s unreliable organ donation statistics and now coronavirus statistics

At a time when many are questioning why the World Health Organization would trust the Chinese government’s official statistics on the coronavirus pandemic, a recently released report from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation exposes China’s fabrication of its voluntary organ donation numbers. The report details how the recorded growth in voluntary donations “follows a quadratic equation to the 99.9 percent level.”  The report also details how China significantly underreports the total number of transplant operations being performed. Hence the concern as to why the WHO is tacitly accepting both China’s transplant data and its coronavirus statistics.


U.S. House moves to condemn Chinese regime’s response to coronavirus outbreak

A bipartisan House of Representatives resolution, introduced by Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), condemns the Chinese government in its mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak. The resolution seeks to record publicly that the viral outbreak in Hubei province was a result of suppression of scientific study by the CCP. It also demands that the CCP clearly repudiates rumors that the coronavirus was introduced to China by the U.S. military.


Companies that feed China’s transplant industry can help end organ harvesting

Swedish researchers have published a report identifying companies outside of China that have supported its organ transplantation industry. The 28 companies named, including Pfizer and Roche, provide devices, drugs and materials essential to transplant medicine. As the evidence of China’s transplant abuse is now well established, these companies should do their part to stop, or at least slow, the on-demand killing for organs by ending their own investment in the Chinese market.

U.S. Senators want Winter Olympics out of China

Citing human rights abuses, U.S. Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Ed Massey (D-Mass.) introduced a bipartisan resolution on March 4th to move the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China. There is widespread belief in the Senate that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will use the Olympics to white wash human rights abuses, particularly the organ harvesting of Chinese prisoners of conscience, as was done for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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