DAFOH Short Report (May 2020)

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In 1984 the People’s Republic of China has adopted provisions that permitted the harvesting of organs from executed prisoners. This allowed China to perform transplantations in absence of a public, voluntary organ donation program. China has always been among those countries with the lowest organ donation rates per million population in the world.

Without any changes in the 1984 law and without implementation of a public organ donation program, the annual numbers of organ transplantation in China increased by at least 300% in a few years after 1999. In absence of any rational explanation for the sudden abundance of organs and the unprecedented short wait times of less than 14 days for a transplant, the question of where those organs were coming from emerged in the early years of the 21st century.

In 2006 several independent witnesses and an early investigation indicated that those transplant organs that ignited the transplant boom in China were harvested from prisoners of conscience, primarily Falun Gong practitioners, victimized by the stateorganized, systematic forced organ harvesting on a scale that is unprecedented in history. Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a traditional spiritual practice whose adherents cultivate their character according to Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.

In July 1999, Jiang Zemin, then leader of the atheistic Chinese Communist Party (CCP), outlawed and vilified this peaceful spiritual practice, and subjected Falun Dafa practitioners to a brutal, nationwide persecution that has lasted more than two decades. The underlying crimes against humanity, including continuous religious persecution and unabated forced organ harvesting, have escalated over the past 20 years under an insufficient global response and been likened to a Cold Genocide against Falun Gong.

The world was revolted by the medical experimentations in Nazi concentration camps, but has never before witnessed a government systematically killing detainees for organs, monetizing the bodies of prisoners to fuel and sustain a profitable nationwide transplant business. In addition to elaborating on the evidence, this report will serve as a call for action against the systematic, forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners and all prisoners of conscience in China.