The European Parliament passed a resolution on December 12th, 2013, condemning "systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from...prisoners of conscience in the People's Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners." The resolution calls upon member states to publicly condemn the gruesome practice, and ensure that all of those involved are prosecuted.
"This resolution has sent a loud message to the Chinese communist regime that such crimes against humanity are unacceptable by members of civilised societies," said Falun Dafa Information Centre spokesperson Mr Erping Zhang.
Reports of Chinese officials overseeing the systematic killing of people for their organs first emerged in March 2006, when a woman divulged that as many as 4,000 Falun Gong practitioners had been killed for their organs at the hospital in which she had worked (news). 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 (news).
In July 2006, former Secretary of State for Asia Pacific David Kilgour and renowned human rights lawyer David Matas, published their own 140-page report Bloody Harvest. It drew “the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true”.
Page 6 of the report states: "The military in China is a conglomerate business. This business is not corruption, a deviation from state policy. It is state sanctioned, an approved means of raising money for military activities."
"Many of the transplant centres and general hospitals in China are military institutions, financed by organ transplant recipients. The financing they earn from organ transplants does more than pay the costs of these facilities. The money is used to finance the overall military budget."
Two books were subsequently published on the topic: Bloody Harvest: Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China in 2009, and State Organs: Transplant Abuse in China in 2012. They conclude that tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been killed for their organs.
In 2008, Israel banned transplant tourism largely in response to evidence emerging about organ harvesting in China.
On December 6th, 2013, Canadian MP Irving Cotler introduced a law aimed at preventing Canadians from obtaining organs that were not willingly donated.
In the US, the House of Representatives is currently working on a resolution condemning organ harvesting in China, and calling for investigations and prosecution.
"Despite all the pressure and scare tactics Chinese officials have used internationally to keep foreign governments from highlighting this atrocity, many, including the European Parliament, are now challenging Beijing to halt this horrific practice," added Zhang.
"Investigators say between 45,000 and 65,000 Falun Gong practitioners have been killed so their organs could be sold for profit. This must be stopped. It's an affront to all of humanity," he said.
Het Europese Parlement kwam samen in Straatsburg en keurde op 12 december een resolutie goed die de misdaad van het door de staat gesanctioneerde orgaanroven in China, veroordeeld.
On December 12th, the European Parliament met in Strasbourg and adopted a resolution condemning the crime of the state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China.
In this video you can see a number of European Parliament members supporting the resolution during the session.