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.