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Organ harvesting

Mounting evidence tells a terrible tale of murder and mutilation in China. Witnesses and Chinese physicians reveal that thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are being killed for their organs, which are sold and transplanted at enormous profit.

The kidneys, livers, and hearts are often sold on demand to overseas patients. That is, the prisoners of conscience are tissue-typed and then killed once a matching recipient is found for their organs. Victims are held in concentration camps prior to dissection, after which the bodies’ remains are immediately cremated.

The perpetrators are officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), acting in cahoots with surgeons, prison authorities, and military officials.

The story, almost too dreadful to believe, was first revealed in March 2006, when a woman claimed that as many as 4,000 Falun Gong had been killed for their organs at the hospital in which she had worked. She also said that her husband, a surgeon at the same hospital outside the northeastern city of Shenyang, had disclosed to her that he had removed cornea from the living bodies of 2,000 Falun Gong practitioners (article).

One week later, a Chinese military doctor not only corroborated the woman’s account but claimed such atrocities were taking place in 36 different concentration camps throughout the country. The largest, he said, held 120,000 people. He said he had also witnessed Falun Gong practitioners being massively transported across the country in cattle trains, at night and under the cover of tight security (article).

Falun Gong supporters and human rights activists overseas immediately began investigating the allegations. They placed calls to Chinese hospitals pretending to be shopping for a kidney or a liver. To their horror, one doctor after another openly confirmed: We’ve got Falun Gong [organs] in stock; just come in and we can get you the organ within a week  (link to the phone transcripts). 

“After months of investigation, including undercover interviews with doctors throughout 12 provinces in China, we come to the regrettable conclusion that these allegations are true.”
- David Kilgour, Former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific)

Shocked by these reports, two prominent Canadian human rights lawyers launched their own investigation. Subsequently in July 2006, former Secretary of State for Asia Pacific David Kilgour and human rights lawyer David Matas, published their own 140-page report. It drew “the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true”. In January 2007, they published a revised version of their report with additional evidence (click here for the report).

CCP officials hastened to destroy all evidence. They have provided the international community monitored tours to prisons in China and removed websites that advertised organs for sale (though not in time, as investigators had already managed to save images of these web pages). One Chinese website had boasted that it could provide matching organs in 1-4 weeks, which medical experts say is impossible unless the Chinese hospitals have access to a huge stock of living organ “donors.”

Shortly after reports of organ harvesting emerged, Party leaders announced new legislation banning use of organs without donor consent. Since then, this law does not appear to have been implemented at all, supporting those who claimed all along that the legislation was nothing more than a public relations stunt.

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State-sanctioned organ harvesting in China implicates millions 11/12/2015

Organ harvesting A new report by the WOIPFG (World Organisation to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong) shows that organ harvesting is taking place on a large scale in China and is state-sanctioned, with involvement of military and armed police hospitals, as well as public security and judicial systems. The WOIPFG has determined the scale of this crime again on the basis of the total kidney transplants taking place between 2000 and 2014. This number is now estimated at 3 million, implicating millions of prisoners of conscience being victims.

Australia: Primetime TV documentary shines harsh light on China's organ harvesting practices 23/05/2015

Organ harvesting ( Human Harvest: China's Organ Trafficking, a 25-minute documentary on China's practice of killing prisoners of conscience for their organs, was aired during primetime on April 7th on SBS One's “Dateline,” the longest-running international current affairs programme in Australia.

The award-winning documentary put a harsh spotlight on the practice of killing on demand, something that Party officials go to great lengths to cover up and deny. Multiple Australian media agencies published follow-up stories the next day.

DAFOH: Doctors reject sugar coating on China’s organ transplant business 08/05/2015

By Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH)

Organ harvesting ( Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), the medical watchdog organisation monitoring abuses in organ transplantation surgery, said that the international community should be wary of China’s recent promise to end the harvesting of organs from executed prisoners.

The Chinese government has a longstanding record of secrecy, misleading numbers and contradictory statements, and despite mounting evidence and international demands to stop organ harvesting abuses, Beijing has refused to acknowledge the illegal harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience.

List of organisations and Individuals involved in forced live organ harvesting released 27/03/2015

Organ harvesting ( The World Organisation to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) has investigated organisations and individuals who are involved in harvesting organs from live Falun Gong practitioners since the disclosure of the atrocity in China in 2006. WOIPFG recently announced a list of 865 hospitals and 9,500 medical professionals involved.


Chinese officer: Jiang Zemin ordered organ harvesting 27/01/2015

Key individuals (Epoch Times) A secretly recorded phone call by a group that investigates human rights abuses in China may shed light on a crucial question: did a former leader of the Chinese Communist Party directly order the genocide, by cruel and unusual means, of a religious group?

Open letter from Doctors Against Organ Harvesting to the UN Human Rights Commissioner 02/01/2015

Organ harvesting Washington DC, December 10th, 2014 – Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, DAFOH, the international human rights group made up of physicians and advocates for ethical organ procurement, has penned an open letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, calling on him to use his influence to oppose and end the People’s Republic of China’s practice of involuntary extraction of organs from executed prisoners and prisoners of conscience.

Film on organ harvesting wins best documentary 22/12/2014

Organ harvesting By Zhou Hang, Epoch Times and Zhang Xiaoqing, Epoch Times

Davids and Goliath, a film about organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners in China, won Best Documentary at the 9th Hamilton Film Festival in Hamilton, Canada.

Organ transplantation experience in China is ultimate horror story 12/12/2014

Organ harvesting By Lu Chen, Epoch Times

A Taiwanese patient received a matched liver and a matched kidney within only a month in a hospital in a city in northern China, according to an exclusive interview on October 30th by the New York-based, Chinese-language television network New Tang Dynasty.

Organ harvesting in China 'a hugely important Issue,' says Canadian minister Jason Kenney 15/11/2014

Organ harvesting ( At a recent forum at the City of Ottawa Archives, David Matas, an internationally renowned human rights lawyer, suggested that Canada should strengthen medical ethics, establish legislation to bar organ trades, condemn organ harvesting in China, and resist ideological infiltration from the Chinese regime's Confucius Institutes.