On September 26, 2021, at the end of the World Summit, the five hosting NGOs, Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, CAP Freedom of Conscience, Korea Association for Ethical Organ Transplants, Taiwan Association for International Care of Organ Transplants, and Transplant Tourism Research Association presented The Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting, which calls on all governments and peoples of the world to support efforts to end the atrocity of forced organ harvesting in China.
The Declaration cites the rights and fundamental freedoms of humanity, particularly the free, voluntary and informed consent for medical procedures and transplantation as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine; Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine; Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine concerning Transplantation of Organs and Tissues of Human Origin; and the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs.
The Declaration reports that the UN Committee Against Torture and the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment has called for “accountability and transparency” of China’s organ transplant system, yet the Chinese regime has failed to reply.
Additionally, in 2019, the China Tribunal, an international, independent tribunal established in London and chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, “concluded that the killing of detainees in China for organ transplants is continuing, and the main victims include imprisoned followers of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline, and commission of crimes against humanity against the Falun Gong and Uyghurs has been proved beyond reasonable doubt.”
The Universal Declaration calls for close international cooperation in securing for all citizens of the world the rights and freedoms outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
It also calls on all governments to “combat and prevent forced organ harvesting by providing for the criminalization of certain acts and facilitate the criminal prosecution of forced organ harvesting both at the national and international levels.”
Additionally, all governments should cooperate to the widest extent possible “to combat and prevent forced organ harvesting in accordance with international conventions,” and should urge medical professionals in their respective countries to fully disengage with the Chinese transplant profession on all levels and deny entry to Chinese medical professional seeking training in transplant medicine.
The five initiating NGOs ask all citizens of the world to endorse the Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting and, by adding your signature in support, to join us in the effort to end China’s transplantation atrocities.