The Parliament Magazine Reports on Forced Organ Harvesting in China

“Experts estimate that up to 100,000 organs are transplanted annually, and the majority of the hearts, livers, and other organs are obtained by executing prisoners of conscience,” states an article titled “Call for EU to act on reports of forced organ harvesting in China” by Martin Banks published in The Parliament Magazine on July 25, 2016.

The magazine is published every two weeks to all Members of the European Parliament, as well as senior officials in the European Commission and other EU institutions.

The article started with the latest research findings regarding China’s state-sanctioned organ harvesting from living prisoners of conscience, especially Falun Gong practitioners: “The latest call comes in the wake of a damning new report by respected academics that claim China is continuing to illegally harvest organs from millions of its innocent prisoners despite saying it ended the practice two years ago.”

“In all, approximately 1.5 million transplants have taken place at 712 liver and kidney transplant centres across China since 2000, with over 300,000 of those taking place at unregulated centres.”

The author continued, “At a recent hearing in the European Parliament on organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience, Canadian human rights attorney David Matas, US investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann and former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour, presented the results of an updated new report on forced organ harvesting in China.”

“The 700-page report entitled, ‘Bloody Harvest/The Slaughter — An Update,’ is the result of meticulous examination of official Chinese sources such as the transplant programmes of hundreds of hospitals in China, websites, hospital newsletters, medical papers, doctor profiles, and more.”

“The number of transplants performed in China–estimated to be between 60,000-100,000 per year since 2000–are far higher than can be explained by the Chinese authorities.”

The author mentioned a recent press conference, “Speaking at the recent launch of the report at Brussels press club, Gutmann said that up to 1.5 million transplants have been carried out in China over the last 16 years.”

“Gutmann added that their investigation concluded that large numbers of prisoners of conscience, primarily practitioners of Falun Gong, a heavily persecuted spiritual practice, as well as Uighurs, Tibetans and Christians, have been used as a living organ bank.”

The article pointed out, “The report alleges that many surgeons had simply ‘lost count’ of the quantity of transplants they had been asked to perform on a daily basis, with some having undertaken as many as six liver removals in one day. Organs are available on demand within weeks, days, or even hours.”

The author described the resolution passed recently by the U.S. Congress, “The updated report follows the unanimous adoption by the United States Congress of a resolution expressing concern over persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in the People’s Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.”

In the EU, “Meanwhile, Twelve MEPs from five political groups and nine countries launched a written declaration earlier this year in April calling on the European Parliament to launch an independent investigation into the ‘persistent and credible’ reports of ‘systematic, state-sanctioned’ organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China. So far, more than 200 MEP colleagues have signed that declaration, including Michel, father of the current Belgian Prime Minister.”

“Michel, an ALDE member and former EU commissioner, says that due to the ‘severity’ of the alleged abuse there is a ‘clear need’ to organise an international investigation ‘without delay.’”

The article concluded with the words of Michel, “’The first task is to actually understand the scope of what has been taking place in China, something we can now begin to grapple with given the vast array of new evidence unearthed by the investigators.’”

“’The killing of vast numbers of prisoners of conscience so their organs can be sold is a crime against humanity.’”

“’Europe needs to put this issue at the centre of our relationship with China and see that this crime is stopped and the perpetrators brought to justice before we can have a normal relationship with the country.’”

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