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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 China, India, 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.2 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 Uyghurs3, and Falun Gong (Buddhist Qi Gong)4 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,5 calling the crimes “of unmatched wickedness – on a death for death basis.”6
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.7
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.8
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.9
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.1011
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 removal and organ trafficking.
- https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2011/05/2011515153229450357.html ↩
- https://endtransplantabuse.org/legislation/ ↩
- https://uhrp.org/about ↩
- https://faluninfo.net/what-is-falun-gong-falun-dafa/ ↩
- www.chinatribunal.com ↩
- https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/china-forcefully-harvests-organs-detainees-tribunal-concludes-n1018646 ↩
- https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/15/chinese-government-may-have-falsified-organ-donation-numbers-study-says ↩
- https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/crimes-against-humanity-is-china-killing-political-prisoners-for-their-organs-20191105-p537md.html ↩
- https://endtransplantabuse.org/legislation/ ↩
- https://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/43-1/bill/S-204/first-reading ↩
- https://www.theepochtimes.com/uk-parliament-discusses-bill-to-combat-organ-trafficking-and-transplant-tourism_3129135.html ↩
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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.
You are wrong, if you have the money, the power and/or position then you are worth more than anyone else! Try the senior Dems and Hollywood and look up adrenochrome. This is the taking of little children, scaring them then drinking their blood. It is supposed to increase your life span and make you younger. Most people turn a blind eye and refuse to believe in anything like this but it is there and we have known about it for decades,
@Gillian Miller; False Truth seems to be a theme of today in the USA. What you have written is delusional and I urge you to focus on your mental health before spouting such nonsense.
Sorry to say, Gillian Miller, you are wrong here. It is a universally acknowledged truth that no person’s life is more important than another person’s. The fact that some people abuse their power or authority in this way does not mean their life is more important, rather it just indicates that they consider their life more important and they lack the moral sense of right and wrong that would prevent most of us from taking these abhorrent, cruel, selfish and criminal actions.
In addition to the forced harvesting, many poor people around the world are prepared to sell a kidney – they are paid a relative fortune. A bit like surrogacy, but much more dangerous. Hopefully, organs will be grown in labs soon, and will put an end to this horror.
There seems to be no end to the horrible things human beings will do to each other.
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.
You can’t post this on Facebook because the millennial checkers there report that others find this information abusive. Facebook and its checkers are a dangerous, out of control authoritarian group. They need comeuppance.
I followed the link from my Facebook timeline to here… wonder what will happen when i try to share it?
Genuine, factual information is never abusive in itself, even when it reveals abuse that is actually happening. Of course it may be distressing, without doubt in this case, but that is not a reason to prevent this information from being circulated. By preventing sharing of such information they are helping the abuse continue. Perhaps some Facebook users want only to be entertained, not informed. Shame.
Abusive?? Oh my good lord, that is totally unacceptable!
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.
Thank you for bearing with us whilst we investigated the issue. The way we had the petition form set up it meant that sometimes there was a delay in displaying signers’ names in the “latest activity” box. That is now in the process of being fixed so that it’ll show names in real-time and you should be able to see your name immediately after you sign a petition.
Right now I see signatures from Spain, Italy, Botswana, Greece, Netherlands, Australia (my country), Soth Africa, Portugal, Lebanon etc etc – so either it’s just been fixed or you have looked at the wrong time?
Thank you for bringing this to our attention and for taking action! I can assure you that we have collected your signature and we collect signatures from supporters all over the world. Am I correct in my understanding that you were unable to see your name appear in the “latest activity” box? If so, we will raise this with our tech team and get back to you.
I see you
I am from Mexico and I have the the same , only U.K., USA and Canada signatures appear.