Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), a U.S.-based advocacy group, has called on the United Nations to take action against China’s state-approved practice of killing prisoners of conscience and supplying organs to its lucrative transplant market. increase.
“The failure of the United Nations to work on forced organ removal from living people in China and investigate it thoroughly is an unacceptable omission that needs to be resolved,” said DAFOH’s founder and secretary-general. Dr. Torstentray said on September 23. Press release (pdf).
The 76th UN General Assembly is currently being held in New York City, where world leaders and foreign ministers are gathering to discuss issues such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
DAFOH said China’s horrific practices should be on the agenda of the world’s body. He also called on participants of the UN Summit to “treat this issue like any other crime against humanity.”
According to a press release, “After more than 20 years of forced organ removal from living Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience, DAFOH has taken the lead in stopping these crimes against humanity by the United Nations. I believe it isn’t. “
China is one of the most important destinations for people in need of important organs, as the transplant industry boasts very short waiting times. To explain this phenomenon, the Communist Party administration argues that China has many voluntary donors, but locals have low demand for transplanted organs. Beijing also said it relies on the country’s organ donation system to procure organs.
In 2019, evidence surfaced that Beijing was killing innocent people to drive the transplant market. That year, the London-based People’s Court released a report concluding that Falun Gong practitioners were the main source of organs and that forced organ removal was done “on a considerable scale” in China. ..
Falun Gong followers, also known as Falun Dafa, have been the target of persecution by the Chinese administration since 1999. A few years later, the Chinese administration allegedly began harvesting organs from detained Falun Gong followers.
A 2016 report by human rights lawyer David Matas also reveals public transplant data from China. Former Assistant Secretary of State David Kilgor and US Research Journalist Ethan Gutmann. The report estimated that Beijing performed 60,000 to 100,000 organ transplants annually, in contrast to Beijing’s claim of 10,000.
The report concluded that most of the organs were from Falun Gong practitioners and the rest were from other prisoners of conscience: Christians, Uighur Muslims, and Tibetans.
“Given the extent of China’s organ removal crimes of unknown number of victims and the nature of the crimes themselves, commercialized murders for transplants are the largest in the world to condemn this inhumane practice. It’s an unfulfilled job for the organization, “Trey added.
The United Nations, a spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In June, the OHCHR Special Rapporteur and several other human rights experts said, “Organs targeting minorities detained in China, including Falun Gong practitioners, Uighurs, Tibetans, Muslims and Christians. I am very cautious about the report of “extraction”. “
They called on China to “quickly respond to allegations of” organ removal “and allow independent surveillance by the international human rights mechanism.”
The issue of forced organ removal in China is currently being discussed at the World Summit on the Fight and Prevention of Forced Organ Removal, which began on September 17. Reopened on September 24th Before the end on September 26th. DAFOH is one of the five NGOs that sponsor online events.