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UN Reports on China Organ Harvesting

Posted by Author on June 16, 2007

Issue 29, News letter, Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group (FLGHRWG) –

On March 20, 2007, Manfred Nowak(photo right), the United Nations Special Rapporteur on TortureUN Special Rapporteur Mr. Manfred Nowak issued a report that corroborates previous findings in 2006 about persecution, abuse and torture of Chinese citizens.

His report states, “Organ harvesting has been inflicted on a large number of unwilling Falun Gong practitioners at a wide variety of locations for the purpose of making available organs for transplant operations.” Mr. Nowak issued his report to the Human Rights Council’s Fourth session, as part of their Agenda item 2, the Implementation of General Assembly Resolution 60/251.

On August 11, 2006, three UN Special Rapporteurs had sent an urgent appeal on organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. This was a joint action by the Special Rapporteur on Torture, Mr. Manfred Nowak, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ms. Asma Jahangir (photo right)  and the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking inUN Special Rapporteur Asma Jahangir Persons, Ms. Sigma Huda.

Mr. Nowak further states in his report, “Vital organs including hearts, kidneys, livers and corneas were systematically harvested from Falun Gong practitioners at Sujiatan Hospital, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, beginning in 2001. The practitioners were given injections to induce heart failure, and therefore were killed in the course of the organ harvesting operations or immediately thereafter.”

The report adds, “It is reported that employees of several transplant centres have indicated that they have used organs from live Falun Gong practitioners for transplants. After the organs were removed, the bodies were cremated, and no corpse is left to examine for identification as the source of an organ transplant. Once the organs were removed they were shipped to transplant centres to be used for transplants for both domestic and foreign patients.”

Although the Chinese government denied the allegations, the Report states that China’s passage of a law on July 1, 2006, prohibiting the sale of organs and requiring the donor to give written permission, indicates that China allowed organ harvesting before that time.

“Moreover, evidence exists, for example, that at least up until April 2006, price lists for organ transplants in China were published on the Internet,” states the report.

The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Ms. Asma Jahangir, also addressed the harvesting of organs from Falun Gong practitioners in her annual report on 250 countries. Regarding freedom of religion or belief, her report states, “The Special Rapporteur continues to be very concerned by the continued violations of freedom of religion or belief suffered by members of the Falun Gong. In her previous reports to the Commission on Human Rights, she explicitly mentioned members of the Falun Gong as targets of various human rights violations because of their beliefs and she strongly condemns the continued lack of freedom of belief of members of Falun Gong.”

The Silence about Organ Harvesting 

The Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group initially described the organ harvesting issue in its newsletter, Sujiatun Death Camp: Putting Conscience On Trial”. The news was met with silence.

On July 7, 2006, former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia Pacific) and MP David Kilgour and human rights attorney David Matas released their “Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China.” Presenting 17 points of evidence on the harvesting of organs from live Falun Gong practitioners, they stated, “The allegations, if true, would represent a grotesque form of evil which, despite all the depravations humanity has seen, would be new to this planet. The very horror makes us reel back in disbelief. But that disbelief does not mean that the allegations are untrue.” Kilgour and Matas have traveled the world discussing their findings with organizations and nations, but, as yet, no country and no major media have condemned this heinous practice.

Dr. Shizhong Chen, founder of The Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group (www.falunhr.org), when asked about the importance of the UN Report, observed, “David Matas condemned the organ harvesting as a new kind of evil that humanity has yet to see. Sadly, we have also seen a new kind of silence to this evil, silence from world governments and from the media.

“This report by the Special Rapporteur removes any excuse of silence, of not knowing, not trusting and not believing the appeals of Falun Gong practitioners whose lives are supplying China’s burgeoning transplant market. It also belies the US State Department report that they found ‘no evidence’ of organ harvesting after Chinese officials organized two guided tours for their benefit.”

……

Mr. Manfred Nowak’s report is at:
http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/torture/rapporteur/

Click on the second report: A/HRC/4/33/Add.1

The information about China begins on page 45 and continues to page 70;

the organ harvesting begins on page 60.

Mr. Nowak is the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Question of Torture to visit China for a UN investigation on torture. The findings from his 2005 visit triggered worldwide attention to the communist government’s use of torture on its own citizens. His China mission report can be found at:
http://www.unhchr.ch/huricane/huricane.nsf/view01/677C1943FAA14D67C12570CB0034966D

Ms. Asma Jahangir’s report is at:
http://ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?m=86

Click on “E” in the first report. The information on China begins on page 28.

UN Report on Organ Harvesting in China

http://falunhr.org/reports/UN2007-org/Torture-UN-07.pdf


To Sign the Online Petition:

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Background Information

What is Falun Gong?
Why the persecution in China?
Current situation of the persecution in China

– original report from FLGHRWG: UN Reports the Chilling Facts on Organ Harvesting from Live Falun Gong Practitioners 

Related:

World Mustn’t Remain Silent About Evil Abuse Happening in China, Editorials, HeraldNet.com , Wednesday, June 13, 2007

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