It sounds like the plot of a movie – far too gruesome and inhumane to be true. And yet it is: For years the Chinese government has been harvesting organs for transplant purposes from prisoners – and has done so on a massive scale. This is no secret, however; the world’s governments are aware of it, and nobody is doing anything to stop it. And what makes this horrific story even more distressing is the fact that the prisoners whose organs are being stolen are not hardened criminals who deserve to be in jail; they simply have conflicting religious views to those approved by the government, and as such are hunted down, rounded up and thrown in prison.
For decades, the Chinese vehemently objected to the stories that persistently circulated of forced organ harvesting, but in 2005, eventually came clean and admitted to the practice. Despite having vowed to change the way they sourced the nearly 300,000 organs needed annually in China, in 2010, government officials admitted that 90 percent of all organs for transplant were still being harvested from prisoners. Then, in 2014, the country announced that it was switching to a voluntary organ donation program. (Related: Chinese government harvests organs from LIVE religious prisoners, complaints allege.)
While the switch to a voluntary organ donation system seems good on the surface, there’s a catch: China executes more prisoners each year than every other country on the planet combined. Though the official number of executions is regarded as a state secret and is not revealed by the government, Death Penalty Worldwide estimates that at least 2,400 prisoners died in this way in 2014 alone. All those soon-to-be executed prisoners provide an endless supply of available organs, and the government is now simply claiming that the prisoners are volunteering their organs as a way to atone for their “sins.”
“If (they) are willing to atone for their crime by donating organs, they should be encouraged,” Huang Jiefu, director of the China Organ Donation Committee, told People’s Daily.
Dave Hodges of The Common Sense Show recently interviewed Chris Kitze of Before Its News, who has extensively investigated the practice of forced organ transplants in China, particularly from members of the Falun Gong, a religious group that practices meditation and qigong exercises and is based on the tenets of compassion, truthfulness and forbearance.
Falun Gong initially enjoyed the government’s support, but when membership boomed to an estimated 70 million in 1999, it began to be viewed as a threat by the Chinese and a nationwide crackdown and propaganda campaign ensued. The organization has been labeled as “heretical,” and tens of thousands of adherents have been imprisoned. Experts believe that the majority of forced and “volunteered” organs for transplant obtained from prisoners have come from members of Falun Gong.
According to Kitze, while many of the top government officials in China approve of the practices of Falun Gong, Jiang Zemin, who served as President of the People’s Republic of China from 1993 to 2003, was unhappy with its explosive growth and decided to target them for persecution. For the past 19 years, Falun Gong practitioners have been spied on, have had their phones tapped, and have been rounded up and imprisoned in forced slave labor camps.
Kitze claims that according to information he received from the former Human Rights Commissioner of Canada, upon arrival prisoners are tissue-typed and have their blood types checked, and this information is then entered into a database. When a certain organ is needed at a later stage, several prisoners with the correct tissue and blood types are killed to provide the necessary organ to the desperate patient – at a price, of course. In this way, organ transplants are estimated to provide billions in revenue for the Chinese government. (Related: U.N. Human Rights Council led by dictators and leaders of repressive regimes.)
As mentioned at the outset, the whole world is aware of what is going on in China. The question begging to be asked, then, is this: Why is nothing being done to stop this savagery?
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