This article provides an impactful overview of the methods and findings of the China Tribunal and questions why the findings have not received more media attention “despite the magnitude of the crimes described and the prestige of the Tribunal’s panel.” Calling it the greatest crime of the 21st century, the article exposes the culpability of those who have known about the 20 year-long crime of forced organ harvesting in China, but have done nothing.
The French-speaking citizen think tank Mr Mondialisation provides a thorough history of the persecution of Falun Gong and the ongoing forced organ harvesting crimes against humanity. They conclude that though the sheer volume and duration of the persecution is undisputed and international pressure to stem it have increased, the economic hold China has over the West prevents any real action to stop it.
Labor camp survivor Liu Jintao believes he was a possible candidate for forced organ harvesting. In one incident, prison guards ordered the man beating Liu not to damage his organs. Although Liu was repeatably beaten, starved, sleep deprived and tortured, diagnostic X-rays and blood tests were performed on him. Eventually, Liu was able to escape with his family to Australia.
When recalling a 2011 liver transplant at the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University’s School of Medicine, Dr. Zhong describes unusual events, such as police officers being present, that implied illicit activity. “I believe that the donor was in the operating room next door,” Zhong said, adding, “Normally, the hospital won’t perform a cornea transplant operation at the same time as a liver transplant. But that night, the transplant operations were done in parallel with each other. It’s very strange.”
After presenting a concise and accurate summary of China’s persecution and organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience, Norman Epstein says, “Given the painful Jewish legacy of persecution and genocide, we should join forces with other like-minded groups and speak up for these voiceless victims. Otherwise, pure, unadulterated evil will continue to triumph as good people do nothing.”
“The atlas of agony is a thick volume,” wrote Rogers in Adamah, an online media focusing on cultural, social and spiritual issues. He bemoans that “[t]hat basic foundational right – Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – is under threat in every corner of the world.” Wherever “a political ideology takes hold of a religion and replaces its spiritual values… with an agenda of control and domination,” the freedom of religious minorities such as Falun Gong, Muslims, and Christians are in danger.