Executive summary. The Chinese government, which has been systematically oppressing its Uyghur | Uighur Muslim ethnic minority, is long rumored to be guilty of the forced harvesting and selling organs from Falun Gong practitioners, executed prisoners, and Uighur prisoners. Facts surrounding this issue are clouded by enemies of the Chinese state (other nations, and particularly Falun Gong practitioners. Falun Gong operates a questionable "news" organization - The Epoch Times - and allied organizations such as the China Tribunal and its affiliates are similarly biased.
MediaBiasFactCheck: "Overall, we rate The Epoch Times borderline Questionable and Right Biased based on editorial positions that consistently favor the right. We also rate The Epoch Times factually Mixed due to the publication of pseudoscience and the promotion of pro-Trump propaganda and conspiracy theories as well as failed fact checks."
Hence, while the allegations of forced organ harvesting by the Chinese state are undoubtedly true (substantiated by other, more credible news and other organizations and individuals), given the degree of obfuscating misinformation and disinformation sources associated with these issues one must carefully consider the sources of associated information against the larger background of information.
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Reports of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners and other political prisoners in China have raised increasing concern by some groups within the international community. According to a report by former lawmaker David Kilgour, human rights activist David Matas and journalist Ethan Gutmann, political prisoners, mainly Falun Gong practitioners, are being executed "on demand" in order to provide organs for transplant to recipients. The organ harvesting is said to be taking place both as a result of the Chinese Communist Party's persecution of Falun Gong and because of the financial incentives available to the institutions and individuals involved in the trade.
Reports on systematic organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners first emerged in 2006, though the practice is thought by some to have started six years earlier. Several researchers - most notably Matas, Kilgour and Gutmann - estimate that tens of thousands of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience have been killed to supply a lucrative trade in human organs and cadavers and that these abuses may be ongoing. These conclusions are based on a combination of statistical analysis; interviews with former prisoners, medical authorities and public security agents; and circumstantial evidence, such as the large number of Falun Gong practitioners detained extrajudicially in China and the profits to be made from selling organs.
The Chinese government has consistently denied the allegations. However, the perceived failure of Chinese authorities to effectively address or refute the charges has drawn attention and public condemnation from some governments, international organizations and medical societies. The parliaments of Canada and the European Union, as well as the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, have adopted resolutions condemning organ harvesting from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. United Nations Special Rapporteurs have called on the Chinese government to account for the sources of organs used in transplant practices, and the World Medical Association, the American Society of Transplantation and the Transplantation Society have called for sanctions on Chinese medical authorities. Several countries have also taken or considered measures to deter their citizens from travelling to China for the purpose of obtaining organs. A documentary on organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners, Human Harvest, received a 2014 Peabody Award recognizing excellence in broadcast journalism.
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Main articles: Organ transplantation in China, and Organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China
In 2005, China admitted to using the organs of executed prisoners for transplant. Due to religious tradition of many Chinese people who value leaving the body whole after death, the availability of organs for transplant is much more limited. Almost all the organs transplanted from deceased donors came from executed prisoners. Since then, China has repeatedly been found to have a rampant black market for organs for transplant, including continued use of organs from executed prisoners without their consent and targeting young army conscripts for their organs.
In 2014, China promised that by January 1, 2015, only voluntary organ donors would be accepted. China has worked to increase the number of voluntary organ donors as well as to convince the international community that they have changed their organ procurement practices after many prior failed attempts to do so. According to the former Vice-Minister of Health, Dr. Huang Jiefu, the number of voluntary organ transplants increased by 50% from 2015 to 2016.
Many of the organs harvested are sold to overseas buyers who fly to China for the transplantation procedure. It is possible to schedule these surgeries in advance which is not possible in systems which rely on voluntary organ donation. Muslim customers from the Middle East reportedly request Halal organs, those which come from a Muslim person.
New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD). New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD, Chinese: 新唐人電視臺) is a multilingual American television broadcaster, founded by Falun Gong practitioners, based in New York City. The station [NTD] was founded in 2001 as a Chinese-language broadcaster, but has since expanded its language offerings. NTD retains a focus on mainland China in its news broadcasts.
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[NTD.com, 2020-03-17] Undercover Video Exposes China's Human Rights Abuse of Forced Organ Harvesting From Prisoners of Conscience. | reddit
In an undercover video obtained by NTD and released for the first time at a recent policy forum on Capitol Hill, a Chinese liver transplant doctor can be seen boasting that he and his team can find the highest quality livers for transplant. "You can see that the quality of this liver is very good. Look at this liver. This is the best liver ever," the doctor said.
This video is the latest piece of evidence that supports the 14 year old horrifying allegation that prisoners of conscience are killed for their organs in China. In the 5 minute video, a number of hospitals in Beijing are visited by Yu Ming - a Chinese Falun Gong practitioner who later escaped to the United States. Ming recorded the conversations he had with doctors and medical staff in secret, posing as a patient in need of a transplant. "As long as there are no contradictions, I can do surgery for liver cancer patients in two or three weeks," one doctor told Ming. "Sometimes even faster, like one week," he added.
China's incredibly short wait times has been one of the key reasons investigators believe forced organ harvesting is a reality in China. In the United States, patients can't just book a transplant. Instead, they have to wait for voluntary donors. Every year, more than 1,000 people die while waiting for a matching donor, wait times can stretch for months or even years.
At the forum where the video was published, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation released a new organ harvesting report. It states that in 2006 when Falun Gong practitioners made the first claims about forced organ removal, Chinese hospitals publicly advertised transplant wait times of one or two weeks. Falun Gong - also known as Falun Dafa - is a spiritual meditation system and form of qigong [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qigong]. The practice includes slow-moving exercises for the mind and body.
Because of the widespread popularity of Falun Gong in the 1990s, the Chinese Communist regime became fearful the number of Falun Gong practitioners would exceed the members of the regime. The former party leader, Jiang Zemin, launched a violent persecution against the peaceful practice in 1999. Ming said he was imprisoned by Chinese authorities for a total of 12 years for practicing the meditation disciple Falun Gong. During his imprisonment, he was blood-tested on at least three occasions.
One U.S. official says they've known for decades about forced organ harvesting. She pointed out that Falun Gong practitioners are particularly vulnerable targets - thanks to their good health. Falun Gong seems to be well-known among Chinese patients. In the video, one liver transplant patient offered Ming advice, saying that livers that come from people who meditate are best and that patients can tell their doctor what they want. "Don't hesitate to spend this money on a good liver. You can live another ten years with a good liver. This is no joke," the patient told Ming. "If he can practice Qigong and meditation, this kind of liver is the best," he added.
Beginning in 2000, China's organ transplantation sector exploded. Thousands of transplant surgeons were trained, and hundreds of hospitals began offering routine transplants. The timeline coincides with the communist regime's persecution of Falun Gong, which started in July 1999, according to a report by Matthew Robertson, a human rights reporter and translator for Ming at the forum. "This is mainstreamed by this Chinese government dictatorship," New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith said at the forum. "The fact is that there's a massive infrastructure, development of facilities and medical personnel for organ transplant operations often started before any voluntary donor system was even planned."
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[Forbes.com, 2019-11-16] China Killing Prisoners To Harvest Organs For Transplant: BMC Report Accuses China Of "Falsifying" Data.
[BusinessInsider.com, 2019-09-25] China is harvesting thousands of human organs from its Uighur Muslim minority, UN human-rights body hears.
[Reuters.com, 2019-09-24] U.N. urged to investigate organ harvesting in China.
[NYPost.com, 2019-06-23] The ugly truth about China's organ harvesting.
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