Switzerland: President of Human Rights Commission Calls for End to Forced Organ Harvesting in China

(Minghui.org) The 21st meeting of United Nations Human Rights Council was held from September 10 to 28, 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Chinese Communist Party’s atrocities of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners were exposed during the meeting. Mr. Marc Falquet, President of the Human Rights Commission, Parliament of Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, issued a statement condemning the crimes of forced organ harvesting and calling on Chinese officials to take action to stop the crimes.


Mr. Marc Falquet, President of Human Rights Commission, Parliament of Canton of Geneva, Switzerland

The following is a translation of his statement:

An increasing number of Swiss Members of Parliament are now aware of, and extremely shocked by, the crimes perpetrated on such a large scale in China for the forced removal of organs.

Truly, China today, due to its lack of morality, cannot be considered a great Power worthy of the name.

Despite its economic strength, the criminal actions of members of the Chinese Government against its own people totally discredit that country in the eyes of the International Community.

What can be said of a government which allows its own people to be assassinated for the large-scale forced removal and traffic in organs?

More serious, more shameful still, Chinese citizens who practise a discipline to improve bodily and spiritual health and who try hard to live daily in peace are being assassinated with the complicity of the Chinese Government. I speak of course of Falun Gong practitioners.

Concerning human rights, if the Chinese authorities wish to be respected by the International Community, they should set an example and immediately stop behaving like a gang of barbarians from the Middle Ages and the mentally retarded.

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, a government which allows the most evolved and peaceful elements among its people to be assassinated can only be composed of worthless criminals and dangerous psychopaths who should think of undergoing treatment before the consequences of their crimes fall inevitably once again on their own heads.

Neither wealth nor power makes the greatness of a human being but rather the moral qualities and courage to fight against his own weaknesses.

Among the Chinese responsible, there must of course also be those honest and worthy individuals who feel shame in view of the barbarity perpetrated against their citizens. These honest people have the responsibility to take their courage in both hands, to openly denounce such odious criminal practices, so that the Chinese Government will rapidly and definitively end them.

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CATEGORY: Organ Harvesting

Member of the National Council of Switzerland: Bring Culprits of Live Organ Harvesting to Justice (Photo)

(Minghui.org) The 21st conference of the United Nations Human Rights Council was held from September 10 to 28, 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) atrocities of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners were exposed during the meeting. Mr. Mauro Poggia, Member of the National Council of Switzerland, pointed out in an open letter: “These abominable crimes must be denounced, an international commission of enquiry formed without delay, and those responsible brought to trial with the firmest determination.”


Mr. Mauro Poggia, Member of the National Council of Switzerland

At 3 p.m. on September 17, an international human rights workshop titled “Freedom of Peaceful Assembly” was held in the conference room of United Nations Palace of Nations. The CCP’s live organ harvesting was the focus of the seminar. Mr. Poggia issued an open letter calling for exposure and investigation of the CCP’s atrocities.

A translation is provided below:

While regretting that my parliamentary obligations do not permit me to be among you today, I nevertheless wish to share with you my deep dismay at seeing to what point the base economic ends of Western States towards China allows that Government to flout with impunity, with cynicism and monstrous cruelty, fundamental human rights, and primarily the first of these rights, the right to Life.

There is no longer any doubt today that a massive and lucrative traffic in organs is practised with the complicity of the Chinese Communist Party, not only on those condemned to death through common law, but also on political prisoners and peace-loving Falun Gong practitioners, considered as enemies of the state, detained, tortured and executed, with international indifference, despite pleas for help sent out over the past years.

Tens of thousands of individuals disappear and are detained without trial, building up a veritable reservoir of living organs, awaiting a compatible recipient to sound their execution bell.

These abominable crimes must be denounced, an international commission of enquiry formed without delay, and those responsible brought to trial with the firmest determination.

Every human rights violation worldwide must be fought without respite, and this is not to make a hierarchy in horror. Nevertheless, when similar atrocities, committed on such a grand scale, are on the increase in a country that cannot even claim a serious conflict situation, free human beings to which we have the good fortune to belong, have the duty to stand up and to cry out their pain insofar and as long as they are not heard.

It is the suffering of these martyrs that we must hear today, but also and above all, the suffering of all those for whom we are the only voice, and without which they also risk disappearing, in the comfortable indifference of money.

The intolerable is not to be tolerated!

Thank you for your attention.

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Condemning the CCP for Harvesting Organs from the Living (Photos)

September 30, 2012 | By Su Rong, Minghui correspondent

(Minghui.org) The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners shocked the international community when it became known in 2006 and has been condemned ever since. Recently, the United State Congress held a hearing on the CCP’s harvesting of organs from political dissidents and religious believers. At the United National Human Rights Council meeting, international organizations proposed to conduct an immediate investigation into the CCP’s live organ harvesting. This development drew people’s attention to this issue again. Doctors, lawyers, judges, elected officials, movie directors, and the public strongly condemn the CCP’s reprehensible practice and call for an end to the atrocity.

Doctors against Forced Organ Harvesting appeals to the United Nations to pay attention to the CCP’s organ harvesting

On September 26, 2012, Doctors against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), an organization made up of doctors from several countries, handed over a petition with 23,000 signatures to Susan Rice, US representative to the UN, at UN Headquarters in New York. DAFOH called on the US government to exert pressure on the Chinese Communist regime to stop the forced organ harvesting. The appeal also called on the US to release information on live organ harvesting that Wang Lijun, former head of Chongqing Police Bureau, submitted to the US Consulate in Chongqing when he went there to seek asylum.

About 10,000 organ transplants are done in China annually. The wait in the United States for a compatible organ is about three years; in China, as short as a few weeks. Based on the number of transplants and the short wait time, DAFOH stated, “There must be a large number of live organ donors in China. The largest group of victims is Falun Gong practitioners.” The petition estimated that, since 2000, at least 60,000 Falun Gong practitioners have died from forced organ harvesting. Their organs were sold at high prices. Dr. Torsten Trey, Executive Director of DAFOH, said: “We hope to break the silence, and ask the United States to pay attention to this issue instead of just being an observer. We hope to see an international investigation that will get to the root of the problem. ”

Dr. Wenyi Wang of DAFOH, who assisted in handing over the petition, said, “China is a signatory of the United Nations Convention against Torture. We are submitting this letter is to remind people that Communist China does not act in accordance with the Declaration; the international community has an obligation to urge it to comply with this treaty.”

Former head of organ transplant group calls on the government of Taiwan to better advise those going to to China for organ transplants

Dr. Wen-Je Ko, former head of the Organ Transplant Group and Director of the Trauma Management Department at the hospital of National Taiwan University, asked the Taiwanese government to address the issue of patients going to mainland China for organ transplantation in order to have them avoid becoming accomplices in the CCP’s organ trafficking.


Dr. Wen-Je Ko, former head of the Organ Transplant Group at National Taiwan University Hospital

Dr. Ko said, “Regarding organ transplantation in mainland China, I think the Taiwan government should state a position. It cannot close its eyes and pretend to know nothing. That is not good.”

Taiwan Central Radio Broadcasting Station interviews human rights lawyer

Teresa Chu, the spokesperson for the Taiwan Falun Gong Human Rights Lawyer Team, was recently interviewed by senior reporter Yang Hsien-hung of Taiwan Central Radio Broadcasting Station. Ms. Chu stressed in the interview that the Chinese Communists have been harvesting human organs from living people for a decade. Not only is it murder, it is also a crime against humanity. She called for global exposure of the outrage, and the promotion of legislation to stop it.

Ms. Chu said, “Several foreign countries, including Canada, Israel, Italy, and Belgium, have passed legislation to prevent doctors from illicit brokering of organ sales and preventing patients from going to places like China to get organs of unknown origin. They even withhold insurance benefits from those getting organs in China, which will stop the demand and prevent their citizens from become unwitting accomplices to the CCP’s crime of live organ harvesting.”

Judicial officer: There is a big controversy about mainland China’s source of organs


Ho Chia-en, Chief of the Kaohsiung Branch, Taiwan High Court

Ho Chia-en, Chief of the Kaohsiung Branch, Taiwan High Court, reminded the public while attending a local workshop titled “Exposing the CCP’s atrocity of live organ harvesting,” “The Chinese Communist Party claims that organs are from death-row inmates. At the same time, there are disclosures of a series of forged signatures and other unreasonable practices. There is a big controversy about mainland China’s source of organs.”

Mini movie director: The CCP is afraid of an open discussion on the live organ harvesting issue


Movie director Wu Yong-de shares his experience with CCP censorship over the issue of illegal organ harvesting

Film director Wu Yongde said he hoped that the people of Taiwan would learn the truth about what mainland Chinese officials are attempting to cover up and avoid becoming an accomplice to the Chinese Communist Party due to ignorance. He said that last year, after he participated in the press conference for the release of the book Bloody Harvest, he started to make a mini movie, “The Forgotten Geneva Declaration,” expressing concern for human rights. He then registered to participate in the first Cross-strait Original Mini Movie Competition jointly held by the Taipei international Short Film Festival and mainland China. After completing his registration on August 15 of this year, his short film was voted among the best. But on the eighth day, his movie was suddenly removed from the website. Afterwards, a staff person at the Taipei International Short Film Festival Office told him that the Beijing side said, “The film contains a topic not suitable for the public. It is in violation of regulations of mainland China.” Mr. Wu said, “The Chinese authorities really fear allowing an open discussion on the issue of organ harvesting.”

The local community demands justice

The Taiwan International Organ Transplant Care Association recently held a seminar “Exposing the CCP Atrocity of Live Organ Harvesting” in a community in Kaohsiung. Many audience members indicated after hearing the report that even if a family member needed an organ transplant, they would not accept an organ of unknown origin, because one should not take the risk of sacrificing another’s life in exchange for extending one’s own.


Attendees at the “Exposing the CCP Atrocity of Live Organ Harvesting” seminar in Kaohsiung


Ms. Huang said she would tell her friends to read the book Bloody Harvest.

An audience member, Ms. Huang, said, “I don’t think I would sacrifice another’s life to extend my own. I would choose other means to treat the illness and to live the rest of my life. I will definitely not to take another person’s organ if it means his or her death.”


Mr. Ma with the management committee of the community in Kaohsiung calls on the Taiwanese people to not be hasty about going to China for organ transplants

Mr. Ma, a member of the community’s management committee, commented that the risk of rejection with a non-relative’s organ is very high. Kidney dialysis can help for a while, but getting a kidney from a non-relative can hasten death. Mr. Ma said, “Today’s video will make me think about it for a long time. I really cannot accept something so cruel. If live organ harvesting is true, it is terrible!” He knew that a lot of medical practices carried out by the Chinese communists are irresponsible. Injection of large doses of anti-rejection drugs is a great risk, not to mention the many brutal killings behind the scenes. He called on the people of Taiwan to not be hasty about going to the mainland for an organ transplant.

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CATEGORY: Organ Harvesting

VOA: U.S. Congressional Hearing on Organ Harvesting

(Minghui.org) U.S. Congress held a hearing on September 12, 2012, to investigate organ harvesting of religious and political dissidents by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

VOA reported the hearing was organized and co-chaired by two members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Rep. Chris Smith, chairman of the Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee. Four witnesses, including Dr. Damon Noto, spokesman for Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), and Dr. Gabriel Danovitch, a professor of medicine at UCLA, gave their testimony.

The CCP’s military apparatus began with death row prisoners in the 1990s and after 1999 moved on to the newly persecuted Falun Gong population. There was an “exponential increase in transplantations” from 2000 onward, Noto said. Dr. Noto said there were simply not enough prisoners sentenced to death each year to supply that many organs. China’s transplant system must have access to a living supply of organs—one that’s outside of the regular legal system. “Several investigators have pointed to Prisoners of Conscience as the main source of organs being used with the practitioners of the spiritual movement Falun Gong being the most severely persecuted.”

Ethan Gutmann, Adjunct Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, said, “I can’t supply a death count for House Christians, Uyghers, and Tibetans. But I estimate that 65,000 Falun Gong were murdered for their organs between 2000 and 2008.”

Falun Gong practitioner Charles Li was sentenced to three years in prison when he visited China in 2003. He was forced to undergo blood tests during his imprisonment. He gave testimony at the hearing and said he would have become a victim of organ harvesting if wasn’t for the attention of the American government and international community.

Dr. Gabriel Danovitch, a Professor of Medicine from the UCLA Medical School, recommended the US government enact measures to restrict organ tourism to China, and to urge the medical community to stop research and collaboration with transplant professionals in China unless they have first clearly identified the source of organs.

The report pointed out that China doesn’t have any official organ donation program or any national organ distribution and administration system.

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