Stop Organ Harvesting in China!

1.5 Million People Killed for Organs

Out of concern for an alarming human-rights issue in China, our team is respectfully bringing it to your attention.

Up to 1.5 mil­lion Chinese cit­izens have been killed for their or­gans to be sold, ac­cord­ing to in­vest­ig­at­ive re­ports by the In­ter­na­tion­al Co­ali­tion to End Trans­plant Ab­use in China (ETAC) and the China Or­gan Har­vest Re­search Cen­ter (COHRC).

The primary vic­tims of the forced or­gan har­vest­ing is the spir­itu­al group Falun Gong, along with Uyghurs, Tibetans, House Chris­ti­ans and oth­er op­pressed groups.

Falun Gong has been sub­jec­ted to bru­tal per­se­cu­tion by the Chinese re­gime since 1999.

The scale and cruelty of forced or­gan har­vest­ing in China make it one of the most hideous hu­man rights dis­asters of all time.

“Organ Crimes” - oil on canvas, Xiqiang Dong

Forced Organ Harvesting

Between 60,000 and 100,000 trans­plants per year hap­pen in China since 2000, ac­cord­ing to the COHRC re­ports – stag­ger­ing num­bers that still re­main of­fi­cially un­ex­plained.

They point to a highly prof­it­able state-run in­dustry where top-rank­ing of­fi­cials of the Com­mun­ist party act to­geth­er with hos­pit­als, pris­on au­thor­it­ies and the mil­it­ary.

Over 1,000 ci­vil­ian, PLA and Armed Po­lice Force hos­pit­als in main­land China were in­volved in or­gan trans­plant­a­tion as of 2007.

Pri­or to the force­ful or­gan ex­trac­tion the vic­tims are held in con­cen­tra­tion camps where they are sub­ject to sys­tem­at­ic med­ic­al tests for tis­sue match­ing. The re­ports say these or­gan ex­trac­tions are of­ten done without an­es­thet­ics and, in many cases, while the vic­tim is still alive.

As Guang­zhou South­ern Week­end put it in 2010, since 2000 the sale of or­gans for trans­plants had be­come “a mine of high-grade ore that can’t be ex­hausted.”

Matching organs: found within days or hours in China

Extremely Short Waiting Times

In coun­tries with ad­vanced health­care and well-or­gan­ized or­gan dona­tion sys­tems, pa­tients usu­ally wait many months or years for a donor or­gan to be­come avail­able.

Yet hos­pit­als in China nor­mally quote wait times for trans­plants between days and weeks, in­clud­ing for re-trans­plants in case of fail­ure. This was the case even when China had no or­gan dona­tion sys­tem, and con­tin­ued after 2015 when China an­nounced its trans­ition to vol­un­tary dona­tions.

The China Liv­er Trans­plant Re­gistry re­por­ted in 2006 that more than 25% of cases were emer­gency trans­plants, for which or­gans were found with­in days or even hours.

In China, where or­gan dona­tion is cul­tur­ally ta­boo and the or­gan dona­tion sys­tem is not yet ef­fect­ive, match­ing or­gans can be found whenev­er needed. This points to a huge num­ber of read­ily avail­able or­gan sources wait­ing for pa­tients.

Characteristics of Chinese Transplants

In China, it is not un­usu­al for doc­tors to pro­cure mul­tiple or­gans for use as spares, or to per­form mul­tiple trans­plant op­er­a­tions due to re­jec­tion, both in quick suc­ces­sion, on the same pa­tient.

These cases have even in­cluded third and fourth trans­plants. On one oc­ca­sion, eight pairs of kid­neys were pro­cured for the same pa­tient – mean­ing that eight people were murdered just in this case.

In China one can re­place any body part as needed, and sched­ule a trans­plant ahead of time. Chinese trans­plant hos­pit­als ad­vert­ise ample sup­plies of young and healthy or­gan donors.

And ac­cord­ing to COHRC’s re­port, it is com­mon prac­tice in China to ex­cise vi­tal or­gans from liv­ing sources, thereby killing the “donor” – con­trary to the core eth­ic­al prin­ciple in trans­plant­a­tion of vi­tal or­gans that or­gan donors must be dead pri­or to pro­cure­ment.

China: Over 1,000 transplant hospitals until 2007

Where Do The Organs Come From?

China’s or­gan har­vest his­tory began in the 1970s with or­gans taken from ex­ecuted pris­on­ers on a small scale. The large-scale de­vel­op­ment of China’s trans­plant­a­tion sys­tem start­ing in 2000 con­curred with the Com­mun­ist Party’s cam­paign to wipe out Falun Gong.

Falun Gong prac­ti­tion­ers, the largest group of pris­on­ers of con­science in China, are fre­quently sub­jec­ted to forced blood tests and med­ic­al ex­am­in­a­tions re­lated to or­gan func­tion, re­ports find.

The massive col­lec­tion of blood and DNA samples has re­cently been ex­pan­ded to Uyghurs and oth­er groups, with Beijing now hav­ing a com­plete Uyghur data­base. Na­tion­wide, po­lice have set a goal to double the num­ber of DNA re­cords to 100 mil­lion by 2020.

"The ul­ti­mate con­clu­sion is that the Chinese Com­mun­ist Party has en­gaged the State in the mass killings of in­no­cents, primar­ily prac­ti­tion­ers of the spir­itu­ally-based set of ex­er­cises, Falun Gong, but also Uyghurs, Tibetans, and se­lect House Chris­ti­ans, in or­der to ob­tain or­gans for trans­plants," say au­thors of the in­vest­ig­at­ive re­port Bloody Har­vest/The Slaughter: An Up­date.

Jiang Zemin, former head of CCP and initiator of the persecution

Concurrence With Falun Gong Persecution in China

The per­se­cu­tion of Falun Gong star­ted the night of 20 Ju­ly 1999. Thou­sands of Chinese through­out the coun­try were force­fully taken out of their homes and driv­en in­to de­ten­tion cen­ters, pris­ons and la­bour camps.

The po­lice ac­ted upon or­ders from Chinese com­mun­ist party lead­er Ji­ang Zemin. He ordered the com­plete an­ni­hil­a­tion of the prac­tice and its dis­ciples by all pos­sible means.

Falun Gong’s grow­ing pop­ular­ity and the­ist­ic teach­ings, as well as the re­fus­al of its ad­her­ents to re­nounce the prac­tice, led Ji­ang to see it as a ser­i­ous threat to the Party’s ideo­lo­gic­al con­trol.

With no leg­al basis, the Com­mun­ist Party is­sued a ban on Falun Gong and mo­bil­ized the state’s enorm­ous re­sources to erad­ic­ate it. Thus began one of the most bru­tal hu­man rights ab­uses in his­tory.

Torture methods (Source: Minghui.org)

Torture and Killings

Ji­ang Zemin’s dir­ect­ive that “... If they die, it counts as sui­cide!” made pris­on of­fi­cials en­tirely un­res­trained in their use of force dur­ing the “con­ver­sion” pro­cess of Falun Gong prac­ti­tion­ers.

The de­tained ones are sub­jec­ted to tens of in­tric­ately de­signed men­tal and phys­ic­al tor­ture meth­ods, such as high voltage shock­ings, burn­ing with irons, severe beat­ings, stick­ing of sharp sticks un­der the nails, pro­longed sleep depriva­tion, etc.

Ty­ing the body in pain­ful po­s­i­tions for days, or the un­ima­gin­able force-feed­ing sa­line solu­tions or hu­man waste via a plastic tube in the nose are also routinely used.

Brain­wash­ing ses­sions pump visu­al and au­dio pro­pa­ganda in­to their minds for days on end un­til they could no longer tell their own thoughts from those man­u­fac­tured by the state.

Fur­ther­more, nerve-dam­aging drugs are used to dis­or­i­ent, dis­able, and even kill Falun Gong prac­ti­tion­ers in the pro­cess of “trans­form­ing” them.

If men­tal and phys­ic­al tor­ture fails, phys­ic­al de­struc­tion is the last means used to achieve the de­sired “100% con­ver­sion rate.” And via the forced or­gan har­vest­ing, the Party found a way to make that prof­it­able.

“A Tragedy in China” - oil on canvas, Yuan Li

Propaganda and Coercion

Since the be­gin­ning of the per­se­cu­tion, the re­gime has used more than 3,000 news­pa­pers and magazines, as well as hun­dreds of TV and ra­dio sta­tions to spread pro­pa­ganda de­fam­ing Falun Gong.

Between Ju­ly and Decem­ber 1999, CCTV broad­cast anti-Falun Gong pro­grams for sev­en hours daily, and state-run me­dia pub­lished more than 300,000 art­icles slander­ing Falun Gong.

These massive pro­pa­ganda cam­paigns were com­bined with strict cen­sor­ship over the In­ter­net in China. The world’s ma­jor in­form­a­tion tech­no­logy com­pan­ies, such as Cisco, Ya­hoo, Mi­crosoft, Google, and Nortel, also par­ti­cip­ated to vary­ing ex­tents.

The Com­mun­ist Party mo­bil­ized not only the state ap­par­at­us but also the en­tire so­ci­ety in its plan to erad­ic­ate Falun Gong, turn­ing lit­er­ary every Chinese cit­izen in­to either a vic­tim, or an ac­com­plice.

People at each level of so­ci­ety were forced to mon­it­or, re­port on, and co­erce Falun Gong prac­ti­tion­ers to re­nounce the prac­tice un­der the threat of pen­al­ties and los­ing job or hous­ing.

Falun Gong ad­her­ents, on their part, were faced with los­ing their job or pen­sion, ex­pul­sion, brain­wash­ing ses­sions and de­ten­tion if they re­fused to stop prac­ti­cing.

Falun Gong - marching parade in New York

International Response

As a res­ult of the in­de­pend­ent in­vest­ig­a­tions many coun­tries ad­op­ted laws against un­eth­ic­al or­gan har­vest­ing and trans­plant tour­ism, and passed nu­mer­ous res­ol­u­tions call­ing for an end of the forced or­gan har­vest­ing in China and the per­se­cu­tion of Falun Gong.

In 2016, the or­gan­iz­a­tion Doc­tors Against Forced Or­gan Har­vest­ing got a No­bel Peace Prize nom­in­a­tion, for a dec­ade of rais­ing aware­ness about the Falun Gong gen­o­cide.

In June 2019, The China Tribunal un­an­im­ously con­cluded that pris­on­ers of con­science have been, and still are, sub­jec­ted to forced or­gan har­vest­ing for years, on a sig­ni­fic­ant scale.

The pan­el poin­ted Falun Gong as the main group used for or­gan sup­ply and sub­jec­ted to crimes against hu­man­ity.

The Tribunal was chaired by Sir Geof­frey Nice, who pre­vi­ously led the pro­sec­u­tion of former Yugoslavi­an Pres­id­ent Slobodan Mi­lo­sevic at the In­ter­na­tion­al Crim­in­al Tribunal.

“Forced or­gan har­vest­ing is of un­matched wicked­ness—on a death for death basis—with the killings by mass crimes com­mit­ted in the last cen­tury,” Nice said.

Falun Gong exercises - group practice

What Is Falun Gong?

Falun Gong is a Chinese cul­tiv­a­tion meth­od based on an­cient tra­di­tions for achiev­ing phys­ic­al and spir­itu­al health.

The phys­ic­al as­pect of the prac­tice con­sists of five easy to learn ex­er­cises. The es­sence of the spir­itu­al com­pon­ent is rep­res­en­ted by the guid­ing prin­ciples of Truth­ful­ness, Com­pas­sion, and For­bear­ance.

Falun Gong gained un­pre­ced­en­ted pop­ular­ity in the early 90s, spread­ing at a tre­mend­ous speed from per­son to per­son. In 1999 the num­ber of those who prac­ticed it in China was between 70 and 100 mil­lion people, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial data.

Today people from more than 110 coun­tries around the world prac­tice Falun Gong. They re­port a more bal­anced and ful­filling life, as well as sub­stan­tial health im­prove­ments and even re­cov­er­ies from ter­min­al ill­nesses.

Artwork by Chinese political cartoonist Rebel Pepper

Who Are the Uyghurs?

The Uyghurs are a Turkic minor­ity eth­nic group, the largest group in China’s Xinji­ang province. They have long been tar­geted for trans­form­a­tion through “ree­du­ca­tion” by the Chinese re­gime.

More than one mil­lion Uyghurs are de­tained in polit­ic­al ree­du­ca­tion camps in Xinji­ang, as of 2018. Ac­cord­ing to Hu­man Rights Watch, they face ar­bit­rary de­ten­tions, daily re­stric­tions on re­li­gious prac­tice, and forced polit­ic­al in­doc­trin­a­tion.

Eth­an Gut­mann, an award-win­ning China ana­lyst and hu­man-rights in­vest­ig­at­or, de­scribes the crack­down on Uyghurs as a “speeded up ver­sion of the Falun Gong per­se­cu­tion”.

“The Uyghur situ­ation is a cata­strophe. Uyghurs have been blood tested, crem­at­ori­ums have been built, and there are ded­ic­ated or­gan trans­plant lanes at air­ports in Xinji­ang”, Gut­mann said, point­ing out that it would be im­possible to DNA test mil­lions of Uyghurs without state spon­sor­ship.

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