News in Review

German Bundestag public hearing about China’s unethical transplant practices

On May 8, 2019, the German Bundestag’s Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid held a public hearing on the persecution of religious minorities in China with expert testimony from NGOs, representatives of minority groups, and scholars. After the seminar, members from the three leading German political parties called for legislators to take joint action to help stop the organ harvesting atrocities in China.

Medical Professor from Germany details China’s organ transplant abuses

Dr. Huige Li, Professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University Medical Center in Germany, detailed the history and current status of “forcible and unlawful explant of organs from targeted individuals and ethnic or religious groups” during a May interview with BITTER WINTER, a Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China. The entire world either is aware of this travesty or has ready access to the plethora of free, online published investigative and eyewitness reports, analyses, and documentaries, yet choose to remaining economically and politically engaged with China.

Japan should not collude in China’s organ harvesting

The Japanese Diet can and should enact laws to prevent its citizens from traveling to China for organ transplants because prisoners of conscience are killed for organs. Unaware of this reality, Japanese people are lured by China’s incredibly short waiting times for transplant surgery. According to this article, Japanese authorities have “setup an insurance scheme to cover transplant tourism” and, rather than taking a stand against it, or even turning a blind eye, they are “using tax revenue to endorse it.”

International human rights lawyer David Matas outlines what Japan can do about OH

Matas asserts that Japan should follow the lead of Israel and Taiwan who fine or imprison transplant tourists rather than provide them health insurance coverage. He also suggested that medical providers be required to report anyone involved in transplant tourism and that Japanese medical organizations should not collaborate on research with Chinese transplant hospitals. Matas said the Japanese government should enact legislation similar to the US Magnitsky Act and freeze the assets of high-level Chinese authorities known to be involved in forced organ harvesting. Matas’ final suggestion was that Japan sign the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs. Hideaki Kase, Chairman of the SGM Network in Japan said, “We need to request the Diet to investigate how much transplant tourism is going on…After that we want to adopt measures to prohibit transplant tourism.”

China reportedly manipulating data on its transplantation practices 

SocArXiv published a report on January 31 with information from China’ organ transplantation infrastructure from the years 2010 and 2018. The report revealed that there was recurrent falsification and manipulation of datasets for the country’s transplantation procedures. Senior Research Analyst for East Asia at Freedom House Sarah Cook reiterated what investigators have been saying for decades:  Hospital bed capacities and the number of resources required to conduct transplants in the country did not reflect the government’s claim that only 10,000 transplants are being conducted annually.

The darkest story of the 21st century comes from Chinese hospitals

First-hand, direct evidence of unethical organ transplant practices in China was first presented by Dr. Wang Guoqi at a U.S. Congressional hearing in 2001. IFL Science reporter accurately concludes, “If you received an organ transplant in China in the past few decades, there’s a strong chance it was harvested from an executed prisoner against their will.”

Portland State newspaper: China accused of continuing to illegally harvest organs

PSU Vanguard, a student-run newspaper, chronicles international accusations of China’s unethical practice of harvesting organs from non-consenting members of marginalized groups such as the Falun Gong, Uighur Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists and Christians. Spain, Italy, Israel and Taiwan all have restricted travel to China for transplant surgeries. The UK and others appear to be following suit.

“Reunion” exposes buried secrets of the Chinese Communist Party

This new thriller from Peabody Award-winning director Leon Lee, exposes dark and buried secrets of the corrupt Chinese Communist Party. Through progressive and quiet narration, the short film asserts that many of the bodies used in plastination exhibits showcased in major cities around the world, including the United States, are actually corpses of prisoners of conscience being monetized by the Chinese regime.

Panda awareness art for Falun Gong  

Since 2015, Czech artist Barbora Balkova has created art highlighting the absurd contrast between how the Chinese protect their national symbol, the panda bear, while ignoring human rights violations against their fellow human citizens. Balkova’s art, which depicts panda bears bodies shockingly mutilated, much like the bodies of the victims of illegal organ harvesting, has been garnering international attention at successful exhibits. Art is a powerful medium that has the ability to transcend nationalities and governments and reach people at the deepest levels of humanity.