U.S. House Resolution 281 calls for ending unethical organ harvesting in China

U.S. Rep. I. Ros-Lehtinen and R. Andrews Introduce the Bipartisan House Resolution H. Res. 281 Condemning China’s Practice of Harvesting Organs from Prisoners


Two advocates of human rights, U.S. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen and U.S. Rep. Andrews have introduced the bipartisan House Resolution 281 on June 27, 2013.  The resolution condemns the abuses of transplant medicine in China, where organs are systematically harvested from executed prisoners and prisoners of conscience and calls for an immediate end of the organ harvesting from prisoners in China. The resolution also calls for further investigation and demands an immediate end to the 14-year persecution of Falun Gong.

The resolution states that “persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience.”  The resolution then lists pieces of evidence to confirm the claims.

The resolution states that “the number of organ transplant operations in China increased significantly after 1999, corresponding with the onset of the persecution of Falun Gong.”

The resolution also refers to the David Kilgour and David Matas report,  in which the two investigators performed phone interviews to 17 Chinese hospitals in 2006. The doctors at the hospitals in China admitted that they have fresh organs from Falun Gong practitioners. The wait times for transplants offered on websites from Chinese hospitals were usually less than 4 weeks.

The house resolution has also been discussed in the media.