The European Parliament passed a resolution on May 5 on the continued forced organ harvesting in China, raising its concerns and calling for action against the Chinese regime’s brutal, inhuman, and degrading treatment.
The Parliament “expresses its serious concerns about the reports of persistent, systematic, inhumane and state-sanctioned organ harvesting from prisoners in the People’s Republic of China, and, more specifically, from Falun Gong practitioners and other minorities.”
It also “calls on the Chinese authorities to promptly respond to the allegations of organ harvesting.”
China’s ongoing forced organ harvesting has long been a major concern for independent human rights groups and United Nations human rights bodies.
In March 2020, the UK-based Tribune Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China (China Tribunal) issued its final judgment, concluding that “forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale and that Falun Gong practitioners have been one – and probably the main – source of organ supply.”
The EU Parliament mentioned in the resolution that the Chinese government refused to testify before the Tribunal.
Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, is an ancient spiritual practice of meditative exercises and teachings based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.
In 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched widespread persecution against Falun Gong practitioners across China after the communist regime feared that the practice’s immense popularity might threaten the regime’s authoritarian control of Chinese society.
Since then, millions of detained Falun Gong practitioners have been unlawfully detained, tortured, and killed for their organs.
The brutal crackdown on the practice is still ongoing in China.
Studies find strong evidence of forced organ harvesting in China.
In a recent April publication, the American Journal of Transplantation (AJT) published a research report which examined more than 120,000 Chinese-language papers on organ transplants. Researchers then found 71 papers where medical staff had carved out hearts and lungs from people for transplant without first performing a test to declare the person brain dead.
These highly problematic details reveal that surgeons executed patients for their organs to facilitate China’s lucrative organ transplant industry.
The research authors allege that the procedure, which China denies, has been going on for three decades and that other organs, including livers and kidneys, have been taken.
The International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China reported in 2016 that the Chinese government was performing roughly 60,000 to 100,000 transplants per year. This figure far surpassed the officially reported 10,000 to 20,000 each year.
Recently, international human rights law firm Global Rights Compliance has released a report that spotlighted that medical institutions and professionals might unknowingly join in the crime of organ trafficking and forced organ harvesting perpetrated by the Chinese government.
Besides the EU, several resolutions have condemned China’s brutal forced organ harvesting from state and federal law-making bodies.
In addition to the call for its member states to publicly condemn the abuse, the European Parliament also urged them to raise the organ harvesting issue at every Human Rights dialogue and take the necessary actions to prevent transplant tourism in China.
This is the second resolution from the EU law-making body on organ harvesting; in 2013, it passed a similar resolution.
The United States House of Representatives also passed legislation in 2016 condemning state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China.