organ harvesting

organ harvesting

Organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China

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This is a the testimony of witnesses. Reports of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and other political prisoners in China have raised increasing concern in the international community in recent years. According to the reports, political prisoners, mainly Falun Gong practitioners, are being executed "on demand" in order to provide organs to recipients. The organ harvesting is said to be taking place both as a result of the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of Falun Gong and because of the financial incentives available to the institutions and individuals involved in the trade. Reports on systematic organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners first emerged in 2006, though the practice is thought to have started six years earlier. Several researchers—most notably Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas, former parliamentarian David Kilgour, and investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann—estimate that tens of thousands of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience have been killed to supply a lucrative trade in human organs and cadavers, and that these abuses may be ongoing.[1] These conclusions are based on a combination of statistical analysis; interviews with former prisoners, medical authorities and public security agents; and circumstantial evidence, such as the large number of Falun Gong practitioners detained extrajudicially in China and the profits to be made from selling organs. The Chinese government has consistently denied the allegations. However, the failure of Chinese authorities to effectively address or refute the charges has drawn attention and public condemnation from governments, international organizations and medical societies. The parliaments of Canada and the European Union, as well as the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, have adopted resolutions condemning organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. United Nations Special Rapporteurs have called on the Chinese government to account for the sources of organs used in transplant practices, and the World Medical Association, the American Society of Transplantation, and the Transplantation Society have called for sanctions on Chinese medical authorities. Several countries have also taken or considered measures to deter their citizens from traveling to China for the purpose of obtaining organs.