WASHINGTON, July 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Unlike black market organ trafficking operations elsewhere, the on-demand killing of prisoners of conscience for organs in China is driven by the state, run on an industrial scale, and carried out by both military and civilian institutions. A new report published by the China Organ Harvest Research Center (COHRC) sheds light on "one of the most hideous human rights disasters of the 21st century."
COHRC's new report is released at a joint press conference and panel presentation at the National Press Club the day before the U.S. State Department opens its Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The report incorporates recent developments in China's transplant system, highlights new testimonies from relatives of suspected organ harvesting victims, missing persons, and survivors who were tortured in China for their religious beliefs but escaped organ harvesting.
Building on more than a decade of research, COHRC's new 2019 Report provides up-to-date evidence of forced organ harvesting in China within the context of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) systematic campaign to eradicate Falun Gong in violation of international law and human rights conventions.
Falun Gong is a Buddhist meditation system that was practiced by over 70 million people in China until it was banned by the CCP in July, 1999. Practitioners cultivate the qualities of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance.
Since 2000, the Chinese government has prioritized organ transplantation in its national development strategies and continuously incorporated organ transplantation into its Five-Year Plans. Led by heavy investment in research and industrialization, China's transplant system has grown exponentially and become the most prolific in the world in several years despite the lack of voluntary organ donation system until 2010 and the paltry number of donations since then. This dramatic increase in transplant volume was facilitated, in great part, by the CCP's campaign to eradicate Falun Gong according to the report.
While both the European Parliament and the U.S. Congress have passed resolutions condemning China's killing for organs, and some countries have passed laws prohibiting their citizens from traveling to China to receive transplants, the international community has yet to take a strong stance to stop these atrocities.
Because of this silent acquiescence, the Chinese regime has been emboldened to strengthen and broaden its suppression to other religious groups, including Uyghur Muslims, Tibetans Buddhists, House Christians, and all who defend and speak out for freedom of belief. Using the latest technologies, the CCP's fast-growing system of surveillance and violent repression now encompasses a much wider population than it has ever before.
"Falun Gong is neither the first nor the last group to be persecuted by the Chinese communist regime, but it is the only group that has been openly targeted for eradication. The scale, sophistication, cruelty and longevity of the campaign against Falun Gong make it one of the most hideous human rights disasters of the 21st century," the authors state, "Studying the genocide of Falun Gong provides a lens through which the world can understand the persecution of other faiths in China; addressing this issue is a crucial step towards ending the atrocities being committed against humanity."
The new report demonstrates that China's transplant system continues to be supported by the killing of innocents and that by expanding the influence of its organ donation and transplant system and entering into agreements to share organs with other parts of Asia, One Belt One Road regions, and beyond, China is making the international community complicit in its crimes.
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