Taiwanese doctors join efforts to stop organ harvesting09/12/2012
TAIPEI – An organisation committed to exposing the practice of forced organ harvesting is teaming up with doctors in Taiwan, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) begins its 18th Party Congress.
Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), based in Washington DC, has joined efforts with the Taiwanese physician organisation International Care Association of Organ Transplants (Organ Care) to address the medical community’s concern about the CCP’s crimes of organ-harvesting.
In a joint declaration, the two organisations are demanding that the CCP stop harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners and prisoners of conscience; prosecute those responsible for organ harvesting; end the 13-year long persecution against Falun Gong practitioners; and appeal to all countries and parliaments to amend laws or create legislation to protect and prevent local people from contributing to organ harvesting.
The doctors and medical staff who signed the declaration have allowed DAFOH to submit the original copy of the statement, photocopies, and statistics to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the World Health Organisation, International Medical Transplantation Association, governments of all countries or parliaments, as well as other organisations that have the credibility and ability to help stop the atrocities.
During the two-week period from October 20th to November 4th, more than 475 doctors and 190 medical staff have endorsed the Organ Care-initiated campaign with their signatures. They include the Health Bureau director, chairman of the Physician’s Association and the retired Health Bureau deputy director.
Chen Yongxing, a hospital director and signatory of the statement, disclosed that some Taiwanese doctors have links or business partnerships with organ-harvesting doctors in China. He hopes the Department of Health and judicial units can conduct an in-depth investigation to stop these illegal practices.
Zhu Wanqi, spokeswoman for the Falun Gong Human Rights Lawyer Group, who helped initiate the Signed Declaration campaign, said the CCP’s flagrant depravity of harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners and prisoners of conscience has been repeatedly condemned internationally. She said Taiwanese physicians who have sent patients to mainland China for an organ of unknown origin should be subject to the rule of law and strongly condemned.
According to Organ Care, the Signed Declaration campaign will continue until the CCP stops organ harvesting and punishes the perpetrators.