News in Review

Activists in Glasgow, Scotland demand an end to partnership with Dalian, China Human rights activists in Glasgow, Scotland are demanding an end to the 33 year-long twinning arrangement between Glasgow and the Chinese city of Dalian in northeast China over organ harvesting. The activist cite evidence that Dalian is a hub for illegal organ transplants where organs are forcibly harvested from prisoners who are often from minority groups routinely subjected to persecution and torture.

Vatican’s provisional agreement with China may be renewed Chinese media assert the two-year provisional agreement made in 2017 between Beijing and the Vatican is set to be renewed. The agreement, believed to grant Beijing authority over the naming of Bishops in China, was kept secret and was alarming to many, considering the CCP’s horrific human rights record and ongoing persecution of religious groups. The Vatican has welcomed and defended China, including Bishop Sorondo’s speaking out against the longstanding and well researched charge that China has a system of state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience, the majority of which are religious believers.

Report names 28 Western companies supplying China’s transplant industry The Institute to Research the Crimes of Communism report entitled “The economics of organ harvesting in China: The part of companies and doctors in democratic countries in the illegal organ harvesting in China” concludes “At least 28 Western companies supply China, in some cases for over 20 years, with the materials, drugs and devices supporting the development of the transplantation business.” The report imputes that these companies must be fully aware of the evidence regarding China’s transplant crimes yet continue to choose profits over ethics.

Taipei Courts have dropped charges against The Slaughter Author for Defamation District prosecutors in Taipei, Taiwan have dropped charges against investigative journalist and author Ethan Gutmann and publisher Brian Wu for allegedly defaming Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je. In his book The Slaughter, Gutmann accuses Ko Wen-je of serving as an intermediary in facilitating illicit organ transplants from mainland China for Taiwanese patients.

DAFOH member publishes letter to the editor A letter to the editor from DAFOH member Dr. Xudong Li was published in Charlottesville, North Carolina’s The Daily Progress commending Virginia State Senator Deeds for co-signing a letter to Secretary Pompeo urging action to stop the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Falun Gong and forced organ harvesting. Dr. Li also thanks U.S. Senators Warner and Kaine for co-sponsoring Senate Resolution 274 “expressing solidarity with Falun Gong practitioners who have lost lives, freedoms, and other rights for adhering to their beliefs and practices, and condemning the practice of non-consenting organ harvesting.”

Human Rights Report on the Tens of Thousands Disappeared in China The international human rights NGO Safeguard Defenders recently issued a report saying that tens of thousands of people have been disappeared in state-sanctioned kidnappings in China. The report outlines the prison system, police behavior, and how prisoners are treated.

Bitter Winter Takes a Critical Look at Organ Harvesting by the CCP Human Rights Magazine Bitter Winter examines the systematic illicit organ harvesting by the Chinese Communist Party, whether it constitutes genocide as defined by the United Nations, and whether the world has become complicit in China’s crimes in order to secure cheaper trade goods.