More than ever before, people from all around the world in all sectors of society, including politicians, doctors, journalists, and activists are taking a stand against China’s forced organ harvesting crimes.
New Zealand Labour MP Louisa Wall broke her government’s de facto cone of silence in July when she commented on detained Falun Gong practitioners and Uyghur Muslims, “we know that they are slaves. We also know that they’re being used to harvest organs.” Wall, a member of the International Parliamentary Alliance on China, cited evidence from the China Tribunal in 2019 and called on New Zealand to take action.
In the United Kingdom, Lord Philip Hunt of Kings Heath introduced a bill which would prohibit traveling to China for organ transplant and which Lord Hunt says will “protect UK citizens from complicity in forced organ harvesting.” He also expressed a hope that the legislation would inspire further action in the UK and elsewhere.
United States Congressman Scott Perry said in July that there is “no time to waste” and listed several concrete steps that the U.S. administration and Congress could take, including “sanctions against Chinese Communist Party officials, removing Chinese diplomats from the United States, or denying China access to U.S. financial markets.” Two pieces of federal legislation, S.602 and H.R.1592, would, if passed, prohibit surgical devices used in transplant medicine from being exported to those associated with forced organ harvesting crimes and would deny or revoke the passports of anyone illegally purchasing organs. Congressman Perry said that China needs to know there will be consequences. “There’s going to be pain, there’s going to be economic pain, diplomatic pain, there is going to be a reputational consequence.”
Calling for a boycott of the February Olympics, former UK Liberal MEP and former Vice-President of the European Parliament Edward McMillan-Scott noted that forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners is directed by top officials in the Chinese government and cited growing evidence that it constitutes not only a crime against humanity, but may constitute a genocide.
Dutch politician Peter van Dalen is calling on the European Parliament (EU) to place human rights above financial gains after eight years of what he called “silence all over the place” since the EU’s adoption of a resolution in 2013 addressing China’s forced organ harvesting. Van Dalen, who serves on the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and is the co-chair of the Parliament’s Intergroup on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Religious Tolerance, asserted that an EP investment deal should be put on hold “to make clear to China that the violation of human rights is important.”
Even local governments, such as 23 counties and cities in the U.S. state of Virginia, are taking a stand and calling for the federal government to act. Virginia House Delegate David Bulova sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of State, stating that he would like to see more done at the federal level to stop these atrocities.
Professor Russell Strong, a world renowned transplant doctor in Australia said in an interview that “hospitals and universities should stop receiving and training any surgeons from China, not just for transplants, any surgeons because the Chinese doctors know what is happening and they in a way are covering up all of this.” Strong adopted his stance on training Chinese surgeons over 30 years ago when he received training requests after performing Australia’s first liver transplant in 1985. At that time, he required any trainee from China to sign a statement confirming that they would not go back to China and use prisoner organs for transplant. As none were willing to sign, he did not train any surgeons from China, though he went on to train countless others from surrounding free countries in the region. Strong pointed out that some institutions prioritize the high fees paid by Chinese trainees over human rights and in so doing are “kowtowing” to a country committing genocide.
David Kilgour, former Canadian MP and Secretary of State for the Asia-Pacific Region has also said that money is at the heart of the matter when it comes to effectively addressing forced organ harvesting. He asserted that “any deal with China on any matter must include an insistence that the barbaric practice is stopped immediately.” Dubbing it a “grotesque commerce,” Kilgour points out that China alone is perpetrating forced organ harvesting, and “among about 200 countries today, there’s only one, the People’s Republic of China, where the organ harvesting…is run by the government for the benefit of the government and the people who do the operations.”
Gary Cartwright, is the publishing editor of the London-based media EU Today, which helped to organize a conference on organ harvesting at the Press Club in Brussels. Cartwright said, “when I started to do my research, it’s not an exaggeration to say that sometimes I had to just close my computer and walk away and take some deep breaths.” Calling forced organ harvesting “one of the most dehumanizing policies that I’ve ever come across,” Cartwright pointed out that “more than 70 years after the horrors of the Second World War, we were told these things could never happen again. And we see it happening in front of our eyes.”
In a podcast interview, Epoch Times reporter Jennifer Zeng told of her experience of being wrongfully imprisoned for her faith in Falun Gong and being targeted for blood tests and medical exams. She said the purpose of the exams was never explained, but after she learned about forced organ harvesting, she believes she narrowly escaped being killed for her organs thanks to a diagnosis of Hepatitis C that made her organs unsuitable for use in transplantation.
An August National Interest article provided a thorough background of the persecution of Falun Gong, the findings of the China Tribunal and stated that “China’s acts meet the legal definition and scholarly description of genocide pursuant to the 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.” The article also notes that of the “seventeen U.S. Senators and Representatives who supported a Falun Gong request to show support on the twenty-second anniversary of its persecution, eight were Democratic, and nine Republican.”
Calling it state sanctioned murder, investigative journalist Mitch Gerber, in an interview on the Stew Peters Show, asserted that forced organ harvesting is the worst in a long list of atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party. He explains that Falun Gong bodies are “strip mined for organs,” fueling a $1 billion transplant industry. Gerber also chastised the Olympic committee stating, “the Winter Olympics are about to be conducted in China where people are being harvested in 252 concentration camps and more than 3,000 hospitals. It’s forced labor and forced organ harvesting for the Falun Gong, Uyghur Muslims, Christians, and Tibetans.” When asked why this issue should matter to the average American, Gerber first pointed out that the undeniable impact of the CCP caused the pandemic, which is “now in your backyard” and then asked the audience, “Imagine if it was your family that was ripped out of their homes in the middle of the night, or the middle of the day, or the middle of the morning, sent to concentration camps, cut open while alive, and their organs harvested and sold for massive amounts of profit. Wouldn’t you want to do something about it?”
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