EU passes resolution condemning forced organ removal in China’s regime

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution expressing “serious concern” about the ongoing forced removal of organs in the Chinese regime, calling on member states to publicly condemn the abuse.

“Parliament has expressed serious concern about reports of sustained, systematic, inhumane and state-approved organ removals from Chinese prisoners, and more specifically Falun Gong practitioners,” he said. I read the press release dated May 5 after the text was adopted.

“We believe that removing organs from convict on death row and prisoners of conscience can be a crime against humanity,” a member of parliament added.

An independent committee in 2019, called the Chinese Court, has discovered that the Chinese government has, for years, killed prisoners of conscience for organs on a significant scale for transplants. It was concluded that such actions corresponded to crimes against humanity and that the main victims detained Falun Gong practitioners.

Falun Gong is a spiritual practice that includes meditative practice and moral teaching based on the principles of honesty, compassion, and tolerance. In 1999, after the vast popularity of this practice was recognized as a threat to the communist government’s authoritarian dominance of society, supporters became the target of a thorough persecution campaign by Beijing. Millions of Falun Gong practitioners across the country have essentially been transformed into large involuntary organ banks for the hungry organ transplant system of the Chinese regime.

The Chinese government has repeatedly denied allegations since reports of forced organ removal first appeared in the mid-2000s, but also denied external access to medical and detention facilities to verify the allegations.

The EU resolution noted that the administration refused to testify in front of Chinese courts.

In addition, Chinese authorities have accused the detainees of lacking independent oversight of their consent to donate organs and have been prevented from claiming the bodies of their loved ones who died during detention. Condemned the silence of.

The four-page resolution adopted by raising hands on May 5 is the first official from the European Union on this issue since 2013 when the European Parliament first notified Beijing that the practice of forced organ removal was unacceptable. It was a statement.

The EU and its member states not only condemn public abuse, but also raise the issue of organ removal “in all human rights dialogues”, raise issues in relation to partners, and citizens transplant to China. Necessary measures should be taken to prevent participation in tourism. , The resolution said. Relevant agencies added that they need to reconsider their cooperation with Chinese counterparts on transplant medicine, research and training.

Human rights “not an option”

The resolution was passed three days before the planned trip to China by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, and the European Parliament of the resolution requested human rights groups to investigate the matter during their visit.

The EU’s top foreign policymaker, Josep Borrell, emphasized the issue in parliamentary debates, with the 27-member block “criminal, inhumane and unethical in forced organ removal.” I blame the practice in the strongest words possible. “

“Respect for human rights is not an option, but it is a requirement in all areas, including the medical and ethical areas where organ donation and transplantation are difficult,” he says. Said In a prepared statement made by Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner of the International Partnership, on his behalf.

European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg
EU Foreign Policy Officer Josep Borrell will give a speech on the situation in Afghanistan at the plenary session of the European Parliament on September 14, 2021 in Strasbourg, France. (Pool via Julian Warnando / Reuters)

In an April medical study published in the American Journal of Transplantation, dozens of Chinese publications in which doctors removed the heart and lungs from people for transplantation without following standard protocols for establishing brain death. The thing was identified. This effectively meant that the patient was killed for an organ, and that the hundreds of medical professionals involved were acting as state “executioners,” the authors said.

Borrell’s speech was applauded by US Congressman Gus Bilirakis (Republican), who co-chairs the Caucus of the Freedom of Religion.

“China’s abominable human rights records, including the inhumane practice of removing organs from ethnic minorities and religious minorities, will no longer be disseminated in the Epoch Times,” he told the Epoch Times. “It is imperative that the United States and its allies send a strong and unwavering message to uphold basic human rights and the protection of all.”

Others believe that measures are far from enough to solve the problem.

Torsten Trey, Managing Director of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, a medical ethics advocate, referred to the long-term silence of the international community on this issue.

“It’s been three years since the Chinese court concluded that China is killing people because of organs. For more than 20 years, China has persecuted Falun Gong practitioners, probably more than Ukraine to this day, It has probably killed more than a million people, “he told the era.

Compared to the world’s reaction to the war in Ukraine, he said the resolution was “a weak call to the communist regime to support Russia’s aggression.”

“We need to act on China, not on calls. China has heard and ignored these calls for 20 years.

“At this point, Europe is being challenged by the CCP. Will Europe make basic human rights and values ​​a non-negotiable condition for partnerships, or forced organ removal from Falun Gong practitioners living in China? Do you ignore the dreaded practices? “



Eva Fu is a New York-based writer of The Epoch Times, focusing on Sino-US relations, religious freedom, and human rights. Contact Eva at [email protected]