Do Not Wait: Stop Crimes against Humanity in China Today

A large-scale genocide occurred during World War II. When the Nazis persecuted
the Jews, they used the elderly and young Jewish people as human machines in their
factories. At the beginning, the western world, including the United States, did
not recognize this persecution. People of the west said they were waiting for
additional evidence and the persecution was allowed to continue. During the 2
to 3 years that the world was waiting for additional evidence, an additional 2.5
million Jews were killed by the Nazis.

Accumulating evidence today supports
the fact that doctors at Sujiatun hospital are currently harvesting healthy organs
for transplant from living Falun Gong practitioners without their consent. Information
provided from witnesses at the hospital, investigation reports of the World Organization
for Investigating the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) and investigative reports
of the Epoch Times are among the pieces of evidence that large-scale live organ
harvesting from healthy Falun Gong practitioners is occurring in China today.

Additional supporting evidence emerging after the two initial reports by
the Epoch Times on this atrocity strongly suggests that the Sujiatun hospital
is not the only facility in China at at which these illegal transplants occur.

These facilities and the brutal crimes against humanity committed within
them are now being compared to the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. WOIPFG
reports suggest that similar facilities for the harvesting of healthy organs from
living Falun Gong practitioners now exist in the cities of at least 8 provinces
in China.


Witness Escapes to the United States

The Epoch
Times quickly realized that this crime was more than a just a standard news story.
It was a large-scale genocide being committed by the state. It was a crime against
humanity. The story exposed by the Epoch Times is beyond the scope of the imagination
of any decent human being. It is an evil state of affairs that deserves investigation
by the global community. The purpose of this report is to help insure the rescue
of those Falun Gong practitioners still being detained as prisoners at these organ
harvesting centers and throughout China.

Looking at different reports of
supporting evidence in this case is like looking at an apple from different perspectives.
People see evidence differently when viewed from different angles. No one yet
has the ability to see the entire picture. Witnesses have repeatedly emphasized
that the currently revealed facts are just the tip of the iceberg. It is natural
that some readers may find it difficult to understand because some of the details
have not yet been fully investigated.

One of the witnesses at Sujiatun
is the ex-wife of a surgeon at the hospital. She has been evading the authorities
for several years. Only after she finally escaped to the United States was she
gradually able to step forward and tell her story. For her, the painful process
of telling her story is also a process of getting rid of the fear of painful retribution
by authorities from which she has suffered for all these years. We believe more
facts and information will soon emerge in support of her account of the atrocities
at Sujiatun.

Because the evil nature of removing healthy organs from living
Falun Gong practitioners was very secretive, some reporting details may be incomplete.
Faced with such atrocities, we hope that the public will understand if these first
reports are unable to tell the whole story. The world should not allow these crimes
to continue and grow worse while waiting for additional evidence to complete the
investigation. Even if there is only a 1% possibility of reports being accurate,
this crime against humanity deserves immediate global attention and investigation.


We Should Not Allow Crimes to Continue and Grow Worse While Waiting
for Additional Evidence

On April 3, senior Canadian diplomat and China
expert Brian MacAdam said: “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) denied the
existence of the Sujiatun Concentration Camp as expected.” He said “One
could find 2.1 million records when searching ‘China denies’ on Google.”
MacAdam gave several examples of past false denials by the CCP: “After taking
control of China in 1949, the facts denied by the CCP include 1) the great famine
during which 20 to 43 million citizens starved to death, 2) the system of re-education
through labor, 3) the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, 4) the SARS epidemic,
5) bird flu, and today 5) the harvest of healthy organs from Falun Gong practitioners
for transplant to waiting patients.” MacAdam pointedly noted that the first
ones who denied the holocaust were the Nazis.

On March 27 (last week) Rudolph
Vrba died in Vancouver. Vrba and Alfred Wetzler were two of the first Jews who
managed to escape from the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. In April 1944,
they had presented to the allies the first detailed reports of the extent of the
holocaust in Europe including details of the atrocities committed at the Auschwitz
concentration camp. MacAdam suggested that “Forgetting the past would make
history repeat itself.”

According to MacAdam, “As first-hand
witnesses, Vrba and Alfred Wetzler had written a shocking and detailed report
about the crimes against humanity and the human slaughter that had been committed
at Auschwitz. However, at that time in history, many people did not believe that
the report was accurate. As a result, the information in the report was suppressed.
Subsequent to the release of this report, during the time between May 15 and July
7, 1944, an additional 437,000 innocent Jews were sent to the Auschwitz death
camp.

MacAdam thinks that the world should not allow these current crimes
against humanity in China to continue simply because we are waiting for additional
supporting evidence. MacAdam recommended the Canadian government begin investigations
immediately.


The Epoch Times replies to typical concerns raised
about Sujiatun after interviewing again the witnesses to this atrocity:


1.
According to witnesses, in 2001, about 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners were detained
in the Sujiatun District, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province.

At the beginning,
they were held in one-story houses in the back of the hospital. These houses were
very simple—similar to those normally built for construction workers. These
houses were later dismantled. The detained Falun Gong practitioners housed there
were transferred to a new location.

Hospital staff members have reported
that the Sujiatun hospital has a large underground basement area. Very few employees
at Sujiatun hospital have permission to enter the underground structure. Hospital
staff have suggested that the detained Falun Gong practitioners previously held
in the one-story houses were transferred to these basement areas.

The estimate
of there being 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned at the hospital came
from a hospital staff member who was in charge of logistics, supplies and procurement.
This staff member had determined that the requisition of basic supply materials
had suddenly increased in 2001. The number of patients implied by the requisitioned
amounts was far above what would have been required to meet the needs of the officially
registered patients at the hospital at that time. The 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners
estimated to be imprisoned at Sujiatun at that time is based on these numbers.
The actual number present may be higher or lower than this estimate. Some practitioners
may have been transferred to other hospitals for harvesting of their organs for
transplant at these other locations.

Witnesses from the hospital staff
at Sujiatun described the overcrowding of imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners
in the underground basement areas: “Everyone is squeezed together. Maybe
there is no room after one comes back from the restroom.”

Detained
Falun Gong practitioners are reportedly numbered, just as the Jews were numbered
in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany.

The estimate by the logistics
staff member must be considered in the light of the regular situation of detention
for Falun Gong practitioners. The consumption of food is one or two meals per
day, rather than 3 meals per day. The conditions there are rather harsh.

2.
There is an underground defense facility in the Sujiatun Area. (Please refer to
The “Underground World” in Shenyang http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/6-4-4/40034.html
for more details.) The Chinese official media publicized those facilities. The
medical centers near the Sujiatun Hospital have harvested organs from living Falun
Gong practitioners. These hospitals include but are not limited to:

The
Shenyang No. 6 People’s Hospital The Hospital Affiliated with the Liaoning Chinese
Medicine Hospital The Shenyang Hospital of Infectious Disease

3. Currently,
organ transplants are being performed in Chinese hospitals that do not meet the
official standards for such procedures. According to official Chinese standards,
only level 3 hospitals are qualified to perform organ transplants. However, the
official Guangdong Satellite TV station reported in 2004 a case of a Hong Kong
family seeking organ transplant in Guangzhou. The patient was scheduled for a
kidney transplant at Yanling, a level 2 hospital. The transplant was performed
by a plastic surgeon. The plastic surgeon had no previous training in urology
or in performing a kidney transplant.

Quite a few hospitals in Shenyang
indicate that they have live kidney sources. A few hospitals have confirmed that
they use organs from Falun Gong practitioners. Please refer to details in the
reports of WOIPFG. ( Investigative Report of Human Organ Harvesting from Living
Abducted Falun Gong Practitioners at the Sujiatun Concentration Camp (Part II),
March 30, 2006 )

The China International Transplantation Network Assistance
Center at the Hui-Gong Street, Shenhe District, in Shenyang City announces on
its English web site: “It may only take one week to find the suitable donor,
the maximum time being one month because for a kidney transplant there needs to
be an organ with a compatible HLA match”.

In contrast, the average
wait time for a matched kidney in the U.S. is 2 years.

The Tianjin Oriental
Organ Transplantation Center, one of the largest transplantation centers in China
shows its achievements (please refer to the graph below). It indicates that the
number of organ transplantation cases sharply increased in the time period of
2001 to 2004. Medical professionals reason that their must be a large live organ
bank in the Shenyang area considering that some organs have only 24 – 48
hours of survival time and that it takes only a short time to find matching organs.

The watermark says “our achievements.”4. The ex-wife says that
her ex-husband sometimes performed 3 live organ removal operations per day when
he was involved. Organ removal or live organ removal had been done by neighborhood
hospitals as well. She estimates that 4,000 were killed in 3 years. Because of
the CCP’s policy of “not being accountable for killing Falun Gong practitioners,”
surgeons involved may be those without adequate experience or surgeons affiliated
with other hospitals. The witness says that she often saw unknown doctors in the
hospital who were affiliated with other hospitals.

5. Those who receive
these organs are usually from Southeast Asian countries such as Japan. Some are
from Australia and the U.S. Some patients have operations in Shenyang. Removed
organs include not only kidneys and livers, but also skin, bone marrow, and corneas.
Skin and corneas can be stored perpetually.

Recently, the Department of
Health in Japan and Malaysia issued statements and asked China to investigate
the death of their citizens after receiving organ transplantation in China. This
may have happened because Chinese organ transplantation hasn’t strictly followed
medical standards. Some organs may be out-of-date.


Falun Gong Practitioners
in the Rural Areas Are the Main Target

6. The Falun Gong practitioners
detained in the Sujiatun Hospital were transferred from Dabei prison and other
prisons. Many of such Falun Gong practitioners were peasants. They don’t have
any power in the society. They are easy to deceive. They come from all over China.
The witness says that no Falun Gong practitioners who were sent to the hospital
for organ removal came out of the hospital alive. About 4,000 people had been
killed by the time she left the hospital in 2004. It was estimated that the number
of detained Falun Gong practitioners had reduced to 2,000 at that time.

According
to further information, Sujiatun is not the only facility performing live organ
removals of Falun Gong practitioners. Other hospitals in Shenyang City perform
similar illegal operations. Victims of live organ removals may come from the Liaoning
Thrombus Treatment Center of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine. Eight provinces
and cities have similar facilities (WOIFPG report). A Shenyang military zone doctor
says that in the Jiutai Area in Jilin Province alone, more than 14,000 Falun Gong
practitioners were detained.


About 700,000 Falun Gong Practitioners
Appealed in Beijing around July, 2001

7. According to Minghui web site,
from July 20, 1999 to July 2001, about 7 million Falun Gong practitioners went
to Beijing to appeal. In the months around July 2001, many Falun Gong practitioners
gathered in Beijing urban areas. 300,000 is estimated to be the peak number of
practitioners staying in Beijing; if those staying in Beijing’s suburbs is considered,
the number rises to around 700,000. A 1998 Shanghai TV program reported before
the persecution that 100 million Chinese were practicing Falun Gong.

In
order to avoid their family/friends being persecuted because of them, the detained
Falun Gong practitioners refused to submit their names and regions. The witnesses
say that people detained there are called by numbers, not names.

8. Through
investigation, the first witness to come forward, the TV journalist know as “Mr.
R.,” realized that all the victims are Falun Gong practitioners. The ex-wife
of a surgeon said that every surgeon involved in the live organ removal scheme
knew that the victims were Falun Gong practitioners. When the doctor asked if
it would be murder since these people were alive, leaders in the Department of
Health said no one would be accountable for the death of Falun Gong practitioners.
This is helping to “cleanse” the nation. Detained Falun Gong practitioners
are unidentified.


Why did crimes beginning in 2001 not be revealed
until 2006?

9. This is a crime sponsored by the State. Witnesses indicate
that participants in this scheme are health care professionals, correction officers,
armed police, labor camp personnel and organ brokers, and the number is large.
Even the doctors were carefully chosen. Usually they were orphans of communist
army soldiers or people who have close ties with those in the scheme. Even the
doctors who once participated in this scheme now face the danger of being killed
for the sake of destroying evidence.

The surgeon who is the ex-husband
of the staff member who came forward as a witness didn’t want to continue his
involvement. When he made this decision, he began to receive life-threatening
phone calls. Once, he survived an assassination attempt. A few doctors disappeared
without a trace. All participants are afraid of being killed. A few surgeons left
China after having plastic surgery done.

In China, it is impossible to
report such news. Even when an insider has decided to quit news outlets outside
China may be reluctant to publish. Mr. R has met with several big mainstream media
outlets in Japan. The reporters understood and believed his story was true, but
they said that this article would not be published because of the relationship
between Japan and China.


Everyone Should Help Stop
These State-sponsored Crimes

Sixty years ago, fewer Jewish people would
have been killed if more people had stepped forward in the name of justice and
courage. At least, the extent of persecution would have not been that extensive.
Our efforts today become so significant to those whose lives are in danger. But
if we choose to keep silent about what the Chinese Communist Party has done and
continues to do, or wait for more “hard evidence,” the same tragedy
from 60 years ago could become true today.

It is our obligation to stop
these state-sponsored crimes.

Posting date: 10/April/2006
Original article
date: 8/April/2006
Category: Open Forum

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