Investigators detail China’s lucrative organ harvesting industry

They were healthy when the doctors were placed on the operating table to carve the organs. Many of them were still breathing. At the end of the work, the body was thrown into an incinerator and incinerated, leaving no trace.

The thrilling spine scene is for prisoners of conscience under the administration’s state-approved forced organ removal, two researchers said at a virtual webinar on February 17 hosted by the Washington-based think tank Hudson Institute. It was a living reality.

“There were no charges, hearings, or appeals,” said David Matas, a former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia and the Pacific and a human rights lawyer in Canada, who spent years investigating the matter. Said.

“The policeman just said:” You’re going to this workcamp here. “… You were waiting to work 16 hours a day,” he said. “One day someone will come and catch them, give them a small amount of potassium, then remove their organs and burn your body.”

“That’s how the rule of law in China works in terms of getting organs.”

Nina Shea, a human rights lawyer, a former member of the US International Religious Freedom Commission, and now a senior researcher at the Hudson Institute, said the operation was “complete because there are no real survivors.” “It’s a crime,” he added.

The $ 1 billion organ harvesting industry, which flourished as the administration escalated a brutal eradication campaign for spiritual group Falun Gong in the early 2000s, has been hidden in China for decades.

Even in the West, authorities and medical institutions until 2019, when an independent People’s Court in London concluded that “beyond reasonable doubt”, organ removal from Falun Gong practitioners has been carried out for years. Has hesitated to tackle this problem. On a considerable scale. “

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Reproduction of organ removal in China for Falun Gong practitioners at a rally held in Ottawa, Canada in 2008. (The Epoch Times)

Annie (also known as), a former worker in a Chinese hospital in northeastern China, first shed light on horrific abuse in 2006. In the Epoch Times testimony, later backed by others, she was her ex-husband, how the army was the same hospital surgeon forced the practitioner of Falun Gong to remove dead skin cells.

Her explanation was a compilation of two Davids to investigate the problem. They later released a report titled Bloody Harvest. It surveyed hundreds of hospitals in China, quoting from media reports, medical journals and archives. Their findings show that while the Chinese government uses Falun Gong practitioners as a living organ bank, it significantly underestimates the number of transplants made each year.

Whistleblower Annie at a press conference in Washington, DC on April 20, 2006. This was her first public testimony about the atrocities of large-scale organ removal in China. (The Epoch Times)

Annie’s husband has performed more than 2,000 corneal removal surgeries in the two years since 2001, she later told them in an interview. He was so distressed by his conscience that he began to have nightmares, raising Annie’s suspicions.

Two splits after Annie decides she can’t accept his accomplice to the act. Both of them fled overseas under the threat of life.

“This is a national crime,” she said in a statement to the Epoch Times in April 2006.

Annie’s ex-husband felt deep regret when he saw the patient’s clothes cut open and a small box dropped, according to Annie, who read the diary account that her ex-husband kept. The small box contained a round Falun Gong pin with a note on it.

It says, “Mom, happy birthday.”

Despite the asylum of Annie and several others, the organ removal device continues to operate, attracting transplant tourists from around the world who are fascinated by the promise of rapid organ removal and surgery by Chinese hospitals. increase.

“Everywhere else there is a shortage of organs and they are assigned according to priority, but in China the whole system was running as if the organs were inexhaustibly supplied,” Matas said. Said. “The only thing they had to do was show up and pay.”

“The entire system is compartmentalized and everyone deliberately pretends to be unaware of the other components of the system,” he said.

Unethical Organ Removal in China-British Concerns in Cardiff's Welsh Parliament
(LR) David Kilgour, David Matas, and Ethan Gutmann, author of “Bloody Harvest / The Slaughter: An Update”.

Kilgour recalled talking to an Asian patient who was presented with four matching kidneys in a row over several months. The first three kidneys were rejected by her body and the fourth kidney was successful. The doctor in uniform presented the first matching kidney shortly after the first meeting.

“They take all the organs, they don’t take just one kidney,” Kilgour said. “So four people died so that this guy could get a good kidney. Can’t you believe it?”

Twenty counties in Virginia recently passed a resolution condemning China’s organ removal and banning residents from participating in domestic organ tourism. The same is true for the Texas Senate.

Some US officials are calling for action in Congress to take the perpetrators into account.

The two researchers agreed that international organizations need to do more on this issue. Kilgor said he was “embarrassed” that Canada did not pass the law on organ removal.

“Some are not enough,” Matas said, urging countries to cut off all sorts of cooperation with China’s porting system.



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]

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