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China’s ‘commercial killing’ in organ transplant industry must end, UK official says

On September 19, several politicians around the world attended a summit condemning China’s continuing practice of killing prisoners of conscience to supply organs for its lucrative transplant market.

Lord Philip Hunt, a member of the UK Parliament and a former British health minister, said: “Organ donation is a priceless act of saving a life, but forcible organ harvesting is commercial murder and, undoubtedly, one of the worst crimes.”

Hunt commented at the third webinar of the World Summit on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting. The summit, organized by five NGOs, including the advocacy group Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), began on September 17 and will go on till September 24.

“I hope this incident will inspire many people around the world to take affirmative action against this crime,” Hunt said.

China has been one of the favorite destinations for people in need of an organ transplant, given the speed at which Chinese hospitals can find a matching organ—sometimes in just days or weeks. The explanation for Beijing’s apparently adequate organ supply has been that China has a voluntary organ donation system with many registered organ donors.

China’s story was debunked in 2019, when a London-based independent tribunal revealed after a year-long investigation that state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting had occurred in China for years on a “significant scale”.

What’s more, the tribunal said it was “certain” that the organs were obtained from imprisoned Falun Gong followers and were “probably the principal source”.

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Falun Gong practitioners attend a parade in Flushing, New York on April 18, 2021 to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of the April 25 Peaceful Appeal of 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners in Beijing. (Larry Dye/The Epoch Times)

Followers of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice also known as Falun Dafa, have been the target of persecution by the Chinese regime since July 1999. Allegations of forcible amputations from detained Falun Gong followers first surfaced in 2006.

Hunt pointed to his effort to push for new UK legislation, called the Organ Tourism and Cadavers on Display Bill, which he said would ensure UK citizens “do not travel to countries like China for organ transplants”. Can.”

He said the bill would “protect UK citizens from complicity in forcible organ harvesting.”

“I hope it [the bill] serves as a precedent for further action in this country [the UK] And around the world,” Hunt said.

In the United States, new legislation was introduced in both the Senate (S.602) and the House (HR1592) in March to combat forced organ harvesting and human trafficking. The House bill currently has 31 co-sponsors from both sides.

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If approved, it would authorize the US government to deny or revoke the passports of those involved in the illegal purchase of organs. It would also prohibit US exports of organ transplant surgery equipment to foreign entities linked to crime.

A similar US law was introduced in the last session of Congress in December last year.

“I call on the European Union and the United States and all other representatives and communities of the free world to stand up for human rights in China and to stop the illegal, inhumane trade of human organs from prisoners of conscience in China,” said Swedish MP Ann-Sophie Alm said in a webinar on September 19.

Andre Gatolin, vice chairman of the French Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and the Armed Forces, said during the webinar that some politicians have chosen to remain silent because of threats from China.

“To question the forcible removal of organs in China is clearly exposing itself to sharp and angry denials and sometimes to threats of commercial or political retaliation from Beijing,” Gatolin said.

“Hence the appalling ‘diplomacy of silence’, which is far from being confined to France.”

US Representative Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) called China’s forced organ harvesting “one of the most barbaric practices in human history” and warned webinar viewers of a dark future if the Communist Party of China (CCP) voices its views. was able to export. Human rights for the rest of the world.

“A world that is in line with the values ​​of the CCP, in which those who do not have party lines can be kept in a concentration camp or their organs can be harvested,” he said.

“It’s a vision for a world no one wants to live in. And it’s a vision of the world we’re all fighting against.”

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Frank Fang is a Taiwanese journalist. He covers news in China and Taiwan. He holds a master’s degree in materials science from Tsinghua University in Taiwan.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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