Thursday, October 28, 2021

US rights group calls on UN to address China’s forced organ harvesting

US-based advocacy group Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) has called on the United Nations to take action against China’s state-sanctioned practice of killing prisoners of conscience to supply organs for its lucrative transplant market.

Dr. Torsten Trey, founder and executive director of DAFOH, said on 23 September, “The failure of the United Nations to address and thoroughly investigate forced organ harvesting from people living in China is an unacceptable omission that needs to be resolved. Is.” Press Release (PDF).

The 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly began in New York City on September 17, when world leaders and foreign ministers gathered to discuss issues such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

DAFOH said China’s sinister practices should be on the agenda of the world body. It also called on UN summit participants to “treat this issue like any other crime against humanity”.

According to the press release, “After more than two decades of forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners and prisoners of conscience, DAFOH believes the United Nations is taking a leading role in preventing these crimes against humanity. Is.”

China is one of the top destinations for people in need of vital organs because of its exceptionally short wait times in the transplant industry. To explain such a phenomenon, the communist regime has claimed that China has many voluntary donors while local people have less demand for transplant organs. Beijing has also said it relies on its national organ donation system to procure organs.

In 2019, evidence emerged that Beijing was killing innocent people to drive its transplant market. That year, the London-based People’s Tribunal published a report concluding that forced organ harvesting was occurring on a “significant scale” in China, with Falun Gong practitioners being the main source of organs.

Followers of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice also known as Falun Dafa, have been the target of persecution by the Chinese regime since 1999. Several years later, the Chinese regime reportedly began harvesting organs from detained Falun Gong followers.

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According to a 2016 report by human rights lawyer David Mattus, public transplant data from China has also been debunked; David Kilgour, Canada’s former Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific; and Ethan Gutman, an American investigative journalist. The report estimated Beijing performed between 60,000 and 100,000 organ transplants a year, while Beijing claimed 10,000.

The report concluded that most of the organs came from Falun Gong adherents, while the remainder originated from other prisoners of conscience—House Christians, Uighur Muslims, and Tibetans.

“Given China’s organ harvesting crimes with an unknown number of victims and the nature of the crime, a commercial murder for transplant, it is an unfinished task for the world’s largest organization to condemn this inhumane practice,” Trey said.

The United Nations, the Office of the Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In June, OHCHR special relatives and several other human rights experts said they were “deeply concerned by alleged reports of ‘organ harvesting’ targeting minorities including Falun Gong practitioners, Uighurs, Tibetans, Muslims and Christians in detention in China.”

He called on China to immediately respond to allegations of “organ harvesting” and allow independent monitoring by the international human rights apparatus.

China’s forced organ harvesting is now being discussed at a world summit, which began on 17 September and resumed on 24 September and ended on 26 September. DAFOH is one of five NGOs sponsoring the online program.

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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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