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Stop forced organ harvesting

Did you know organs are being forcibly harvested from human beings?

 It is shocking, but human trafficking for the purpose of organ removal and organ trafficking persist around the world, with primary victims being political prisoners, ethnic and religious minorities, and other vulnerable people. Organ trafficking hotspots include India, China, Pakistan, Turkey, Brazil, Nepal, the Philippines, Kosovo, Iran, and former Soviet states in eastern Europe.1

Alarmingly, globally only seven countries have passed legislation to combat these horrific crimes. Today, we demand more countries follow suit to stop forced organ harvesting and organ trafficking once and for all.

Forced organ harvesting and organ trafficking are interlinked crimes where organs are taken from victims through coercion or without informed consent and sold illegally, often making their way into the organ tourism transplant market. This means unknowing tourists undergoing organ transplants abroad are at-risk of receiving organs linked to organ trafficking and forced organ harvesting.

In many countries, impoverished people are targeted and coerced to sell an organ from which the traffickers make a significant profit. The ‘donor’ is left without medical care and with significant health risks.

In China, minorities rounded up by government crackdowns – political prisoners, ethnic Uyghurs2, and Falun Gong (Buddhist Qi Gong)3 practitioners — are known to be victims of forced organ harvesting. An international people’s tribunal in London recently found that some of China’s 1.5 million detainees in prisons camps have been killed for the state-sanctioned organ transplant trade worth over $1 billion.

“Forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale,” said the China Tribunal,4  calling the crimes “of unmatched wickedness – on a death for death basis.”5

In 2012, China pledged to phase out harvesting organs from prisoners, but the international tribunal, researchers, and human rights activists stress that the practice continues to this day. An academic research analysis of organ donation data in China uncovered “highly compelling evidence [the numbers] are being falsified” and that tracking the sources of organs in the country remains difficult.6

Despite the clear evidence of organ trafficking and forced organ harvesting, ‘tourists’ continue to go abroad for organ transplants where the source of the organ cannot be verified. In fact, research suggests that 28% of organ transplants in China go to foreigners.7

But there are promising signs that governments around the world are waking up to this problem. South Korea, Belgium, Norway, Italy, Taiwan, Spain, and Israel have all passed legislation to combat forced organ harvesting, organ transplant tourism, and organ trafficking.8

Canada and the UK are now tabling similar bills that would criminalize the practice of receiving an organ transplant where informed consent was not given or recklessly obtained, prescribing harsh punishments for those who engage in the organ trafficking trade at home and abroad.910

Organ transplants can save lives, but we believe that organs must be donated ethically and with complete transparency. Unfortunately, that is not the reality for many countries where organ trafficking occurs, and it’s high time for countries around the world to take a stand against organ transplant ‘tourism’ to these criminal hotspots.

Join our call, along with the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China, in pushing countries around the globe to step up and tackle the often-overlooked crimes of human trafficking for the purpose of organ removable and organ trafficking.

Chip in and help end modern slavery once and for all.

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Nozipho Mguquka Mvula
Nozipho Mguquka Mvula

horrendous and really hard to take in.

Here’s a link to the 2016 documentary “Hard to Believe” investigating forced organ harvesting in China], which was produced by Kay Rubacek and directed by Ken Stone.

Peter EU UK
Peter EU UK

I went trough yours stated sources and you lied. There is mention only Kosovo and nothing else whatever you called former Soviet states. Anyway Kosovo never been part of Soviet union but part of Yugoslavia and had independence. Because of this many people from Easter countries were able to run to western Europe through Yugoslavia.

Rachel Deitcher

I live in Israel. I support the end of modern slavery as well as many other wrong-doings that are currently in trend in the world. When I sign my name on Freedom United petitions it is never published in the list of those who have signed. Signatures by people from the US, the UK and other countries who have terrible governments are always pubished. I am trying to understand why mine is not. Comments defintiely appreciated.

Anne Mullane
Anne Mullane

I see you

Margaret Dungan
Margaret Dungan

A barbaric and inhumane practice. No one life is more important than another. Everyone involved in this practise, both the buyer and the seller, do not deserve to exist.

dorothy forsyth
dorothy forsyth


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To all national legislatures:

Forced organ harvesting and organ trafficking are appalling crimes taking place around the world. I believe every government has a responsibility to take action to combat these horrific human rights abuses.

We are encouraged by legislation passed by seven governments – South Korea, Belgium, Norway, Italy, Taiwan, Spain, and Israel — that address the problem and we fully support new laws being proposed in Canada (Bill S-204) and the UK that would make it a crime to receive organ transplants abroad where informed consent has not been given or where the organ has been recklessly obtained or illegally purchased.

Organ transplants can save lives, but they must be done ethically and with complete transparency if they are to be free from human trafficking for the purpose of organ removal and organ trafficking.

Forced organ harvesting is known to be linked to organ transplant tourism, driving home the point that all governments must educate their own citizens against receiving transplants abroad where organ trafficking persists and victims include political prisoners, ethnic minorities, and persecuted religious communities.

For these reasons, I urge national legislatures in every country to take up legislation to finally tackle these crimes at the international level.


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