News in Review

China Tribunal findings mean Australia must act

Reporting on the findings of the independent China Tribunal in March, the author interviewed DAFOH Delegate for Australia, Sophia Bryskine, who explained the significance of the Tribunal’s findings that forced organ harvesting has been taking place in China on a significant scale for a long period of time. Bryskine noted that the Australian Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s Inquiry into Human Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism is proposing “to establish a reporting system relating to citizens suspected of traveling overseas for unethical operations, as well as adding to the Criminal Code the new offence of dealing in the trafficking of organs overseas.”


Woman recounts being evaluated for organ harvesting while detained in China

Jennifer Zeng, a Falun Gong practitioner now living in the U.S., recounts her story of detention and torture in China as a prisoner of conscience. On multiple occasions during her incarceration, she was taken to medical facilities where she and other Falun Gong practitioners underwent various forms of medical exams including x-rays, blood samples, and eye exams. She believes she was being evaluated as a candidate for forced organ harvesting, and that her life was saved when she mentioned to a doctor that she had been cured of hepatitis C by practicing Falun Gong.


Chinese hospital obtains three hearts within ten days for transplant patient

A Japanese news program reported about a Chinese woman living in Japan who traveled to China in June 2020 for a heart transplant. Within 10 days of her arrival, the hospital was able to produce three matching hearts. The first heart was not suitable for transplant and the second heart arrived when the patient had a fever and could not undergo the operation. Nothing is known about the people whose hearts were removed. It defies logic that three people that were a transplant match to the patient would die within a 10-day period or, given China’s very low public donation rate, that these three people would all be organ donors. Despite these congruencies, the Chinese embassy in Japan touted this operation as a renewal of the two countries’ friendship.


Didi Kirsten Tatlow exposes China’s United Front on Asia Dialogue podcast series

Didi Kirsten Tatlow, a Senior Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin, talked with University of Nottingham’s Asia Dialogue Podcast about the history and development of the United Front Work Department in China. Tatlow noted that the United Front, which has a history going back to Moscow in 1921, has been used as a propaganda tool by the Chinese Communist Party to encourage those who can be “won over” and silence those who cannot.


Swoop films highlights early images of illicit organ harvesting in China

Swoop Films examined a series of photographs from the late 20th century on organ harvesting with Enver Tohti, a former Chinese surgeon who has spoken extensively on his experience harvesting organs from a living prisoner. Tohti identified the photographs as having been taken in Heilongjiang Province where he said organ harvesting of prisoners first began. The images revealed an execution ground and a public display of naked bodies, which were then cut open and their organs taken out.


Hong Kong journalist threated by police with forced organ harvesting

An Epoch Times reporter in Hong Kong was threatened by a police officer who told her she would be sent to mainland China to have her organs forcibly removed. The reporter had been arrested while spreading promotional materials during a recent protest. The officer told her, “You don’t sign your names, nor do you wear the [police-issued] clothes. How about we send you to mainland China and have your organs harvested alive?”


French journalist uncovers evidence of Uyghurs being harvested for organs

English language news platform 112.International published the findings of a French journalist working in mainland China who has confirmed reports of forced organ harvesting of Uyghurs. Authorities, he claimed, call the organs “halal” in an attempt to woo overseas Muslims into purchasing these organs. The article noted that Uyghur activists accuse the Gulf states of avoiding criticism of Beijing’s policies in order to continue being able to obtain such organs.