On May 12, the Congress’s Lantos Human Rights Commission held a hearing on the issue of live organ harvesting by the Chinese government.

A document provided by the commission stated that, for a hundred years, the Chinese government has always put people last, standing the principle of universality of human rights on its head by cynically and cruelly using people as a means to an end.

According to a report from the American Journal of Transplantation, researchers examined medical papers related to organ transplantation in China. They found that Chinese medical staff did not follow medical ethics standards when performing organ transplants. Instead they harvest organs without confirming brain death.

Representative Chris Smith, co-chairman of the Lantos Human Rights Commission, said that efforts should be focused on stopping this barbaric act.

The congressman said the religious dissidents were the targets of live organ harvesting by the Chinese government. He said that Falun Gong practitioners bore the brunt of this since the peaceful practice of Falun Gong made their organs valuable.

Chris’s report showed that more than 1.5 million detainees in Chinese prison camps were killed for their organs to serve a booming 1 billion dollar transplant industry.

Chinese media Da Ji Yuan cited Congressman Gus Bilirakis that Falun Gong practitioners were the main source of organs for illegal organ transplantation in China. He also said that Falun Gong practitioners were particularly subjected to torture and persecution in concentration camps and jails across China.

The American Journal of Transplantation’s report found that there was no voluntary donation system and very few voluntary donors from 1980 to 2015.

The report cited the Chinese transplant sector leader in 2007 that 95% of all organ transplants were from prisoners.

The authors mentioned some examples from 71 papers in which 348 surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other medical workers or researchers were listed as authors.

One example was the case of a brain trauma patient. They said that breathing had ceased by the time of heart procurement. The heart was still breathing and was sold.

Chris Smith said he would authorize sanctions against relevant personnel with some measures such as refusing or revoking the visas of those who purchase illegal organs.

In addition, the U.S. would prohibit the export of organ transplant surgical equipment to the institutions responsible for participating in forced organ harvesting.

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