An independent tribunal has claimed that China continues to kill detainees to harvest organs and victims include Falun Gong followers.
In 2014, Beijing made an announcement that it would discontinue using executed prisoners as a source of organs. However, a report shared by the China Tribunal revealed that the country hasn’t stopped.
The tribunal also said that followers of the Chinese religious spiritual, Falun Gong, were among the victims used as a source for “forced organ harvesting.”
There was also a ‘risk’ that Uighur Muslims suffered the same treatment.
Chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, the tribunal alleged that hospitals could send requests for organs to be extracted from people without their consent.
The Guardian quoted the lawyer saying: “The conclusion shows that very many people have died indescribably hideous deaths for no reason, that more may suffer in similar ways and that all of us live on a planet where extreme wickedness may be found in the power of those, for the time being, running a country with one of the oldest civilisations known to modern man.”
He continued: “There is no evidence of the practice having been stopped and the tribunal is satisfied that it is continuing.”
The tribunal is now gathering evidence and testimony from medical experts, prisoners and human rights investigators. They noted that the waiting period for transplantation was very short, and transplants of organs such as livers and hearts can be booked in advance.
It was in 1999 when persecution of the Falun Gong started as it gained millions of followers and became a threat to the communist party.
Former Falun Gong prisoners revealed they underwent organ scans and repeated blood tests in jails. Some said some detainees had disappeared after being tested.
52-year-old Jennifer Zeng, a Falun Gong follower, said she was held against her will, mentally and physically tortured, and kept in a labor camp.
“On the day we were transferred to the labour camp, we were taken to a medical facility where we underwent physical check-ups. We were interrogated about what diseases we had and I told them I had hepatitis C,” she said to The Guardian.
“The second time, after about a month in the camp, everyone was handcuffed and put in a van and taken to a huge hospital. That was for a more thorough physical check-up. We were given X-rays. On the third occasion in the camp, they were drawing blood from us. We were all told to line up in the corridor and the test were given,” she added.
Beijing has denied allegations of forced organ harvesting. Huang Jiefu, head of the China National rgan Donation and Transplantation Committee, said: “China’s model of organ donation and transplantation features strong government support for the legal, administrative and health sectors, and progress of the capacity building of organ transplantation clinical service and technical development.”
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