International Human Rights Day 2021, DAFOH Webinar
1.) Garnet Genuis, Member of Parliament, Canada
2.) Rep. Scott Perry, Member of Congress, United States
3.) Annick Ponthier, Member of Parliament, Belgium
4.) Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, House of Lords, United Kingdom
5.) Dr. Abraham Mathai, Founder, Harmony Foundation, India
6.) Erping Zhang, Spokesperson, Falun Dafa Information Center, United States
7.) Lucica Humeniuc, President, Romanian Independent Society of Human Rights, Romania
Statement by Prof. Dr. Michael Mokry, Head and Chair, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Medical University Graz, Austria:
“As a medical doctor who practiced medicine for 40 years and as the director of a university hospital for 13 years, the idea of organ harvesting without prior consent of the donor is ethically, religiously and morally deeply repugnant to me.
Organisations that take such measures, as well as their henchmen, i.e. the persons who are involved in
the removal as well as the implantation of illegally obtained organs, are criminal and cannot be justified by anything.”
On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. The Universal Declaration was a manifestation of peoples’ wish to learn from the horrors of World War II reflecting a determination to never again allow such horrors to occur. By framing and defining the basic rights of all people, the Universal Declaration represented a commitment to prevent anti-human actions from endangering humankind and eroding the dignity of human life. Yet, as we commemorate the 73rd anniversary of that historic day when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted, the human family is facing exactly what the Declaration tried to prevent: the egregious slaughtering of Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience in China for their organs. The horrors of WWII have returned, albeit in more covert ways.
Forced organ harvesting (FOH) from living people is the embodiment of greed, corruption, deceit, and brutal violence. Peaceful people of faith are imprisoned for the purpose of having their vital organs surgically removed from their bodies while they are still alive, therefore murdered by doctors to fuel a multi-million-dollar transplant industry. The once sacred human body is reduced to a commodity at the bidding of stakeholders within the Chinese Communist Party. The victims are not only Chinese individuals, but all mankind as the core values of the human family are abandoned. Killing people for their organs are crimes against humanity and a disgrace to universal human rights.
The practice of forced organ harvesting continues unabated in China, and the world as a whole has remained silent. After over two decades, and an unknown number of people murdered for their organs, we have to acknowledge that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has failed to protect humanity from these abominable crimes. The Chinese regime, headed by the Chinese Communist Party, that commits these crimes on an industrialized, commercialized scale, is repudiating any semblance of human rights and as such is a threat to humankind.
Humanity is at a crossroad: people can remain silent or learn from the past. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, augmented by the newly introduced Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting, can serve as a guide to establish an environment where people can live in harmony and dignity as one human family. After the judgment of the China Tribunal – https://chinatribunal.com/ – in 2019 and the World Summit on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting – https://worldsummitcpfoh.info/ – in 2021, we gather on December 10th to reflect on the dignity of human life, to reaffirm our commitment to human dignity, and to find a path out of this peril for humankind.