On November 28th, five political parties called for open parliamentary discussion on a draft resolution condemning gross human rights violations in China, particularly the decades-long persecution of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong as well as other religious and ethnic groups. Czech lawmakers are also discussing an amendment to the Transplant Act intended to address organ transplant surgery practices in China.
On Dec. 10th, Canadian Senator Salma Ataullahjan re-introduced her bill to combat international organ trafficking that had been tabled during the last Parliament session. Additionally, Senators Thanh Hai Ngo and Leo Housakos initiated a Senate motion urging the government to use the Magnitsky law to sanction Chinese officials involved in human rights abuses.
The recently leaked “Xinjiang Papers” tell of the Chinese regime’s newly built re-education camps for the Muslim minority similar to those previously established for Falun Gong. Since 2017, every Uyghur in Xinjiang had been blood and DNA tested. The first of nine crematoria was completed in early 2018. Regional airports have fast-track lanes to expedite the transport of human organs. All this engenders fears of another genocide in the making.
An article published in the French Liberation newspaper called on France, as the initiator of International Declaration of Human Rights, to make additions to the country’s bioethics law to protect against collusion in forced organ harvesting. The proposed addition would include the tracing of organ sources for every transplant. DAFOH member Alexis Genin, a neurologist at Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris, pointed out that French medical institutions are training Chinese surgeons who go on to commit organ harvesting crimes in China.
The issue of forced organ harvesting in China received wide attention at the 9th European Society for Organ Transplantation Congress held in Copenhagen, Denmark. A China Organ Harvest Research Center report was selected to be part of the digital exhibition and its presentation “Organ Transplant Abuse in China (2): Unethical Procurement Continues Despite Claims of Reform” was selected for the Elevator Pitch summary. Also selected for the summary was a presentation by DAFOH Member Huige Li, of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz Medical Center, entitled “Abuse of Brain Death Definition in Organ Procurement in China.” Human rights attorney David Matas gave a presentation on “Mandatory Reporting of Transplant Tourism.”
The Edelstam Foundation, named for a Swedish diplomat who helped hundreds of Jewish people escape from Nazi Germany, hosted a seminar that included Dr. Enver Tohti Bughda, who gave a first-hand account of forced organ harvesting in China. The Foundation’s Co-Founder and President said, “What is happening is there is clearly a genocide going on in China…And organ harvesting is one of the methods in the genocide. And this is becoming alarming.”
On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo likened the actions of the Chinese Communist Party to those of former East Germany. According to Pompeo, the Trump administration’s response has included visa restrictions on some current perpetrators of human rights abuses in China and stopping “American companies from exporting certain products to Chinese tech companies that are enabling these very human rights abuses.”
In a thorough overview of China’s organ harvesting abuses, the Cincinnati Republic explains how the transplant industry in China, despite having one of the lowest donation rates worldwide, has grown tremendously in the past two decades by using prisoners as an organ bank. “World leaders have acknowledged the atrocities committed by the Chinese government but have yet to do anything to stop it from happening.”
In a comprehensive editorial, the editors of Hamodia provide an overview of China’s forced organ harvesting calling it a form of “barbarism.” The authors conclude that U.S. “dealings with China may afford some leverage in effectively communicating to its leaders the outrage that life-affirming and rights-respecting societies feel over the issue of forced organ procurement. If so, the leverage should be utilized.”
American Public Health Association annual meeting exposes forced organ harvesting
At the 147th Annual Meeting and Expo of the American Public Health Association the China Organ Harvest Research Center gave oral and poster presentations on their findings as well as special presentations on the “nature, scale, organ source, driving factors, and impact of China’s forced organ harvesting.”
A reader response to The Epoch Times’ article “Organ Harvesting” expresses disbelief that companies in business with China can turn a blind eye to the genocide of forced organ harvesting. The reader asks, “What level of graceful contract language relieves anyone trading with China of the culpability of enabling a regime that, now casually, murders and maims human beings as an economic policy?”
In her acceptance speech for the Young Achiever of the Year Award at Vogue Women of the Year 2019, supermodel Pooja Mor spoke about the genocide of Falun Gong practitioners in China. “I can’t sit and watch millions of innocent people being wrongfully persecuted and their organs being taken without consent and without anesthesia. I have to stand up for it—it’s my cause, and that is, to me, being a voice for the voiceless.”
This interview with journalist Marie-Paul Baxiu provides insight into the practice of Falun Gong and the origins of the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution campaign which includes psychiatric abuse, physical torture and forced organ harvesting.
Movies like Iron Man 3, and Abominable, the upcoming Top Gun sequel, have altered their content to suit the Chinese government and Chinese business interests. A recent South Park episode parodies this issue, which is well known in Hollywood, and points to the organ transplant industry as one of the taboo topics. When a character in the HBO series mentions a liver transplant, the director breaks in to say “Cut! Cut! Listen guys, we just got word from the Chinese censors. They don’t want us mentioning organ transplants.”