By Adam Miller
A trail of evidence was revealed in 2006 when a woman exposed that up to 4,000 Falun Gong adherents had been killed for their organs at the hospital she worked at outside of Shenyang, China.
She also reported that her husband — a surgeon at the hospital — had removed cornea from the living bodies of 2,000 Falun Gong practitioners.
A Chinese military doctor validated her story by claiming similar atrocities were happening in 36 different labor camps throughout China.
These reports inspired two prominent Canadian human rights lawyers to launch an investigation. Former Secretary of State for Asia Pacific, David Kilgour, and human rights attorney, David Matas, published their own 140-page report that drew “the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true.”
The report can be read at: organharvestinvestigation.net.
Falun Gong is a peaceful meditation practice focusing on gentle exercises for improved health. Practitioners also improve their moral character by living according to the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance.
So why did the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) target such a large group of peaceful people and instigate the heinous practice of forced organ harvesting from their living bodies?
The roots go back to 1999 when Jiang Zemin, the former leader of the CCP, sought a way to bolster his own power.
CNN’s Senior China Analyst, Willy Lam describes it well: “Jiang has mobilized a Mao-era mass movement against [Falun Gong]” and “…the most severe criticism leveled at Jiang’s handling of the Falun Gong is that he seems to be using the mass movement to promote allegiance to himself.”
Jiang instigated the persecution against Falun Gong for selfish gain by using the largest propaganda network in the world; he launched a campaign of lies, slander and violence targeting Falun Gong.
Multiple investigations have been conducted and each one has come to the conclusion that live forced organ harvesting is being perpetrated on a large scale. A very small sample of the evidence is summarized below:
1) The waiting time for organs is abnormally short in China. Chinese transplant centers claim that a matching organ can be found within 2 to 4 weeks, while in the US, the waiting time for a kidney or a liver is about 2 to 3 years. This implies there is a large bank of living people whose organs can be ordered to harvest.
2) Due to traditional belief, China has no effective voluntary organ donation system as most Chinese prefer to keep the body intact after death.
3) The boom in organ transplants matches the timeline of the persecution of Falun Gong. The number of transplant centers in China increased by 300 percent (from 150 to 600 centers) during the years of 1999 to 2006.
4) Investigators have called Chinese hospitals where multiple doctors admitted they have organs from Falun Gong practitioners.
In June, congressional representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Robert Andrews introduced House Resolution 281 in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, calling on the Chinese government “to immediately end the practice of organ harvesting from all prisoners, and particularly from Falun Gong prisoners of conscious and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.”
You can read House Resolution 28 at www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hres281/text
This crime against humanity directly affects those in the U.S., as American patients continue to travel to China for organ transplants. This resolution will allow U.S. patients, doctors, hospitals, and other professionals to avoid becoming accomplices to this grotesque crime.
Please contact your representative and ask that they co-sponsor this resolution. Passing Resolution 281 will put pressure on China and cause the CCP to restrain its abuses against prisoners of conscious. Contacting your representative can truly save lives.
Help congress send a message to China and the rest of the world that the U.S. will stand by its founding principles of human rights and religious freedoms.
Adam Miller is a resident of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. writing on behalf of the Michigan Falun Dafa Association.