On December 10th, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Trump administration is sanctioning Huang Yuanxiong for his involvement in “gross human rights violations” against practitioners of Falun Gong, the largest victim of forced organ harvesting in China. The sanction against Huang, chief of police at the Wucun police station in Xiamen city, southern Fujian Province, was designated under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act 2020. The sanction also includes Huang’s wife and marks the first time the United States has punished a Chinese Communist Party official over his or her role in persecuting Falun Gong adherents.
On December 10, US Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey cited China’s forced organ harvesting crimes and other human rights violations on the 72nd anniversary of the UN’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Smith noted that the Chinese Government’s illegal actions and gross misconduct are not only in direct opposition to universal values but also run contrary to China’s own cultural heritage, which places the utmost importance on spiritual and moral cultivation.
On November 27, 2020, France’s largest daily newspaper, Le Monde, reported that 60 members of the French Parliament have expressed concern about the Chinese Communist Party’s harvesting of organs from living people for transplantations and suggested introducing new legislation to prevent French citizens from going to China for organs. China expert Joshua Rosenzweig said, “Amnesty has long raised the question about the transparency issue in the organ transplant industry in China.” In France, the average wait time for organs is three years and 15% to 30% of patients die waiting. But in China, where transplant tourism has become a lucrative industry, the average wait time is only 12 days.
Cardus Religious Freedom Institute, an Ottawa-based think tank, hosted a webinar on October 26th to address what many in Canada are saying is a growing escalation of worsening religious persecution and restrictions in China. Panelist Benedict Rogers, co-founder and chief executive of Hong Kong Watch who has frequently spoken out against forced organ harvesting in China, noted that China’s revised regulation on religions, created in 2018, has contributed to greater repression and intolerance.
In a statement marking International Religious Freedom Day, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne joined many parliamentarians in sharing his country’s concern for ongoing religious persecution in countries like China, Iran, and North Korea. Champagne stated that some instances of “persecution and discrimination” based on religion or spiritual beliefs have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.
An article in Haaretz exposes the forced organ harvesting taking place in China, recounting in heartbreaking detail personal stories of forced labor, rape, and torture that prisoners of conscience, including Falun Gong practitioner and Uyghurs, endure. According to expert Ethan Gutman, it is the tens of thousands of disappeared prisoners who have most likely been killed by the forcible harvesting of their organs. “The CCP has created a policy of ethnic cleansing – a potentially very profitable one,” performing 60,000 – 100,000 organ transplants a year, largely for wealthy foreigners.Guttman and others assert that “China has established ‘organ farms,’ where millions of people are…‘prepped for slaughter.’”
A community paper in Texas published an article detailing some of the most significant findings of forced organ harvesting in China. Co-authored by four Falun Gong practitioners, Sarah Guo, Tao Peng, Jimmy Li and Ruth Li, three of whom work in the medical field, the article references the groundbreaking research on this subject which has highlighted short wait times, a dramatic increase in transplant procedures without a substantial donor base, and transplantation growth coinciding with the onset of the persecution of Falun Gong.
The Epoch Times recently obtained a top-secret state document issued on Nov. 30, 2000 which confirms that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been abusing the judicial system and manipulating the country’s security apparatus to commit genocide against Falun Gong practitioners. The document states that the “political and legal departments at all levels must resolutely implement [then head of the CCP Jiang Zemin’s] important instructions to eradicate Falun Gong.”
Former health minister Huang Jiefu announced that China is set to expand its transplantation infrastructure. Setting a target of 2023, Huang, who is currently the head of China’s Organ Transplantation Development Foundation, stated that the country’s organ transplantation numbers will surpass the US and be able to meet the demands of China’s rising economy. New regulations will make it easier for more hospitals to engage in carrying out organ transplants and for more doctors to become transplant surgeons. Short wait times of days to weeks for organs in China continue to raise concerns over donor sources.
Concise and thorough overview of forced organ harvesting in China
This article published by the Organization for World Peace provides an overview of forced organ harvesting that is both concise and thorough. Beginning with the exponential growth of China’s lucrative transplant industry and the unreliability of reported transplant data, the author then outlines the history of forced organ harvesting and its connection to the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. The article concludes with the report of the China Tribunal in March and the call for the UN to investigate forced organ harvesting as a genocide.