Organ harvesting is large scale in China. Organs from prisoners are harvested and many come from prisoners. Prisoners, including Falun Gong practitioners, remain the primary target according to the new report…
In 2006, Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas and former Canadian Asia-Pacific Secretary of State David Kilgour began an investigation into accusations of the Chinese government’s role in harvesting the organs of Falun Gong practitioners. Their published findings, “Bloody Harvest: Revised Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China,” attracted international attention. On Wednesday, they published an even more comprehensive report that finds the scale of organ harvesting has significantly increased. According to these latest findings, the number of China’s annual organ transplant surgeries far surpasses Beijing’s official estimate of 10,000.
Matas told VOA, “We look at individual hospitals that do transplants through their websites, their publications, their newsletters, their back calendars and patient volume and so on, and at a variety of indicators going hospital by hospital. There are around 900 hospitals that do transplants. We don’t give a specific figure but we can say it is much larger than the 10,000 a year — at minimum 60,000 a year and probably more than that.”
FILE – Indonesian Falun Gong followers carry placards during a protest in front of U.S. embassy in Jakarta, April 19, 2006. A group of protesters called on U.S. President George W. Bush to raise the issue of China harvesting organs from Chinese people during his talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
China’s former Health Minister Huang Jiefu said that before 2014, prisoners who were executed were the primary source of harvested organs. However, China puts to death only a few thousand prisoners annually, leaving a large supply of harvested organs unsourced. Matas and Kilgour concluded that Falun Gong prisoners of conscience were the primary source of the organ supply.
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