Investigation: I Almost Became a Victim of the CCP Organ Harvesting

May 29, 2013 | By Song Jing

(Minghui.org) I was arrested a number of times between 2000 and 2002 by the CCP for practicing Falun Dafa. I was detained at Shandong No. 2 Women’s Forced Labor Camp in 2001, where I was forced to undergo a series of strange “health check-ups.” The police also took photos of me and threatened to send me to the “remote northwest.” A number of times I was chosen for these unusual check-ups. Thanks to the rescue efforts of my family members and my firm determination not to cooperate with the evildoers, the vicious doctors and police gave up in the end, and I escaped being killed for my organs.

1. “Life imprisonment”

I was unlawfully arrested on May 1, 2000 when I was doing Falun Gong exercises on Tiananmen Square. They handed me over to the Yantai Office in Beijing. As my household registration was canceled during the persecution, the police officer who guarded me did not know what to do with me and called around for advice. One day he received a phone call. After he put down the phone he said to me, “We have the latest instructions from above. This batch of practitioners will all be imprisoned for life.” I clarified the facts to him, and he eventually released me.

2. Terrifying health checkup

I was arrested again on November 4, 2001 and taken to Shandong No. 2 Women’s Forced Labor Camp located in Wangcun Township in Zibo (commonly known as “Wangcun Labor Camp”). On the way, I was taken to the labor camp hospital (83 Hospital). I was carried in by police. The checkup was not like a normal one which would usually check one’s height, weight, blood pressure, etc. They only did two things: blood test and organ examination. I was pressed on a bed for a type-B ultrasonic scan. When I refused to allow them to draw my blood, a male doctor said with a sinister face, “If you do not cooperate, I will use a thicker syringe to draw more blood from you.” I resisted with all my strength and they failed to draw any blood from me.

After I was taken to the forced labor camp, I went on hunger strike. On the seventh or eighth day of my hunger strike, the guards took me for another health checkup, saying that they found some symptoms in my body from the first checkup. I was tricked and thought it was a genuine checkup and allowed them to take blood samples. They seemed to be very pleased with the test results. When I asked to take a look at the laboratory sheet, they said, “This has nothing to do with you.” Later I heard from them that it was a compulsory checkup that everyone had to take before being admitted to the labor camp.

3. “Special Prison”

I suffered a lot in the winter of 2001. One day, Chen Suping, a team head came to me and said, “You have not slept for a long time, but you still have a pink complexion,” she said. “You must be pretty sick of being surrounded by these people (collaborators who had betrayed Dafa and developed crooked understandings). Would you like me to send you to a place where there is nobody? There won’t be anybody bothering you there.” I said, “All right. Where is that place?” She burst out laughing and said, “You’re so naive. If you go, you will never come back. We have instructions from above. If you don’t transform, you will be imprisoned for life.” I said, “One needs to meet the requirements to be imprisoned. Which law are you using to convict me?” She said, “This prison doesn’t need any trial nor any [legal] procedures. We can just send people there. “

Later, police officer Li Qian also told me about this “special prison,” saying that there was nobody there and one would never be able to come back again, and there was no need for any legal procedures. What she said was roughly the same as what Chen Suping told me earlier.

There was a person in my cell who had betrayed Falun Gong and developed crooked understandings. She often went to the office to help them with things. Once she said to me quietly, “You’d better be careful. They are filing documents about you. It seems that they want to send you to a very special place.”

4. “Instructions from above”

In August 2002, officer Chen Suping went to Beijing for training organized by the Ministry of Justice. After she came back, one day she came to the basement where I was locked up. She said she would send me away and that they now had instructions from above to send people who were “young and well educated” like me to the remote northwest, and that she had a quota to fulfill.

A few days later, she came back to the basement and said, “I thought about it. If I send you away, your family will come after me. So I’d better not send you away.” Afterwards, she never again mentioned the “remote northwest” or the “special prison.”

At that time, my family members were making great efforts to get me out. They came to visit me every month. Even though they were rejected each time, they still came every month and wrote many letters of appeal.

5. Strange number

One day in the winter of 2002, the labor camp suddenly gathered all of us in a building, saying it was very important, but they would not tell us why.

As we walked into the corridor, we saw police from elsewhere and they all looked very secretive and cold. They did not even say hello to each other, and all of them had a sinister look on their face, as if something serious and important was going to happen. After the police checked our names and IDs, they ordered each of us to stand on a platform to have a photo taken; a number plate was placed in front of our chest.

After this, we were ordered to go to another room where each of us was required to put our fingerprints (both hands) on a piece of blank paper. I felt very uncomfortable about the whole thing and did not want to do the fingerprints. A male officer grabbed my hands and pressed my entire palm down on the paper. I struggled to free my hands from his. The male officer looked at the female officer who had brought me there and said, “Not cooperating.” The female officer then took me out of the building and sent me back to the cell.

A while later, other practitioners came back and they all said they felt there was something treacherous in the atmosphere. I could see that everyone was feeling somewhat scared. For a long time, nobody said anything. One practitioner (surnamed Wei) from Shengli oil field was trembling all over. She said to me quietly, “They seem to be choosing someone. I hope they don’t choose me.” I did not ask her what other procedures they went through after I was taken back. For several days afterward, she was very scared.

Later, the guards explained that those officers were from Jinan and they wanted to set up a “database.” But what was the database for? From the abundant evidence that was exposed later, the database was most likely to be for organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners.

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Australia: More than 100,000 Signatures on Petition Calling for End to Organ Harvesting (Photos)

(Minghui.org) On May 9, at a council debate, David Shoebridge, John Kay, and Jan Barham, three Greens members of the New South Wales Legislative Council, submitted a petition with more than 100,000 signatures to the council. The petition calls for action to be taken to stop the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners, to make laws to forbid Australian citizens to have illegal organ transplants in other countries, and to stop training surgeons from other countries for illegal organ harvesting.

David Shoebridge (first from right), John Kay (second from right), and Jan Barham (third from right), three Greens members of the New South Wales Legislative Council
David Shoebridge (first from right), John Kay (second from right), and Jan Barham (third from right), three Greens members of the New South Wales Legislative Council

Jeremy Chapman, Director of Acute Interventional Medicine (SWAHS) and Renal Services at Westmead Hospital, President of the Transplantation Society, Immediate Past President of the World Marrow Donor Association, and Chair of the Global Alliance for Transplantation, gives a report on illegal organ transplantation to the Legislative Council
Jeremy Chapman, Director of Acute Interventional Medicine (SWAHS) and Renal Services at Westmead Hospital, President of the Transplantation Society, Immediate Past President of the World Marrow Donor Association, and Chair of the Global Alliance for Transplantation, gives a report on illegal organ transplantation to the Legislative Council

At the press conference after the council hearing, David Shoebridge said: “That single petition was 4 times larger than every single other petition that was presented at this chamber in front of us here… I know from my work in politics, just how hard it is to engage with people and get them to sign petitions, to listen to you, and after they listen to you to acknowledge that you have a point, and put their name and their signature to the petition. And in this parliament, a signature of 500 people, or down the other chamber 10,000 people, is considered to be a monumental achievement to show real community support. And you together have got a petition of 100,000 people. I have got to say, I spoke to Caroline and Lucy, you got 100,000 and you stopped. You could have had more, which for me shows the strong passion in the community.”

Mr. Shoebridge continued: “There are some pretty basic rules in politics. One thing is how an issue becomes important. It is pretty much a 3-step process. First, they mock you, then they attack you, then finally they respect and listen to you. We are going through this process. And we will get to the end of it.”

The call for the end of organ harvesting in China is strongly supported by medical experts. On May 8, Jeremy Chapman, Director of Acute Interventional Medicine (SWAHS) and Renal Services at Westmead Hospital, President of the Transplantation Society, Immediate Past President of the World Marrow Donor Association, and Chair of the Global Alliance for Transplantation, gave a briefing at the state Parliament House, titled “The Declaration of Istanbul: The professions’ response to human organ trafficking.” He asked lawmakers to take action to stop this illegal and immoral business.

In reference to the complex dynamics of organ trafficking, Prof. Chapman said: “What is driving all this is raw basic human emotion, two human emotions, greed and survival. We have the devil and the angel, we have greed and we have the survival instinct.”

When asked by a NSW member of parliament for his view on the allegation of forced organ harvesting in China, Prof. Chapman replied: “[It is] appalling. I have clarity that there is use of executed prisoners’ organs. I have clarity that those organs are being sold. I have clarity that it is illegal in China to do that. We need to change that process and that is a combination of changing transplantation programs in China and preventing the continued use of executed prisoners and continuing to hold them to account for their own laws and hold them to account to civil society.”

With regard to Australia’s responsibility to enact legislation addressing illegal and unethical organ transplantation, Prof. Chapman said: “If we want to retain our view of ourselves as a civil society we should remain an exemplar for other societies. We know in 2012, eleven people went overseas and received a transplant and came back. We don’t know how many people went overseas and didn’t come back. So it’s not very big, but that is not the point. We have a leading civil society – are we going to demonstrate it?”

At the press conference on the 9th , Mr. Shoebridge mentioned the support from Prof. Chapman. He said: “Professor Chapman is not in particular a friend with Falun Gong, he is not in particular a friend with the Greens, he is not a particular friend with anyone in politics, but Professor Jeremy Chapman is the most learned surgeon on transplantation medicine in Australia, probably one of a handful of people who know more about the way international transplantations work, than anyone else on the globe.

“And Professor Chapman in a briefing to the parliamentarians last night, not just from the Greens, from the Liberal Party, from Christian Democratic Party, Professor Chapman said this law needs to come into place. He said not only does this law need to come into place, so as we stop our citizens abusing vulnerable people in other countries, he said we need to also work on lifting our own domestic organ donation rates. I have got to say that needs to be part of our message.”

Mr. Shoebridge said: “We need to ensure two things. First of all, we work on those international human rights issues, we pass laws to stop our citizens going to other countries and exploiting prisoners of conscience in China, people in great poverty in Pakistan, India or Columbia. We need to stop that happening internationally. The bill that I brought before the House is part of that, part of international responses for that. But we also need to work at those principles.

“I think, if every nation joins and does that, it will over time delegitimize what happens in China, or protect the human rights of people in China. Practitioners of Falun Gong, home Christians, minorities, it will protect those human rights, but also allow people who need an organ, and when we have the medical expertise to provide that organ and save someone’s life we’ll allow that to happen here in Australia, where our human rights are protected, where donors are protected, and where we have an ethical system.”

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Organ Harvesting in China Exposed on BBC Radio

May 11, 2013 | By Minghui correspondent Mingxiu Tang from the UK

(Minghui.org) Authors David Kilgour and Ethan Gutmann came to the BBC broadcast centre in London on April 30, 2013 to talk about and answer questions about the Chinese regime’s live organ harvesting at a live broadcast on the BBC’s World Service program.

Afterwards, they were again invited to the BBC News Centre, and interviewed by the presenter of the 1 p.m. World News live broadcast program, on the topic of organ harvesting in China. The BBC presenter expressed appreciation to Kilgour and Gutmann at the end of interview.

Given the fact that the BBC World News has a large audience and influence, the broadcast of the interview with Kilgour and Gutmann on April 30 provided an opportunity for more people to learn the truth about the persecution of Falun Gong and of the Chinese regime’s gross violation of human rights. It also allowed listeners to learn about the severity of the regime’s brutal persecution of Falun Gong, especially with respect to the large scale live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners.

This was the first time that BBC radio has conducted an interview that exposes the crime of organ harvesting. The independent investigations of David Kilgour, David Matas and Ethan Gutmann are taking hold among Western societies and among media entities.

In the past two weeks, DAFOH (Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting) has held presentations on the Chinese regime’s live organ harvesting in many major cities, and in organizations such as the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Oxford University, Cambridge University and the British Parliament. The persecution Falun Gong practitioners are subjected to in China has begun to shake the British political, academic and media fields.

During the BBC live broadcast, David Kilgour and Ethan Gutmann gave clear answers to the presenter’s questions, sharing with the public their many years of investigation and concluding that Falun Gong is an innocent, peaceful group persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The CCP does not observe the rule of law, and it’s a fact that the CCP is extracting the organs from living Falun Gong practitioners and selling them for huge profits.

Mr. Kilgour mentioned during the broadcast: “The source of organ transplants in China are mainly prisoners of conscience, especially Falun Gong practitioners”; “Our investigation showed that about 65,000 Falun Gong practitioners have had their organs extracted”; “It’s completely different from Western laws. During the persecution of Falun Gong, the CCP doesn’t observe the law at all, one can be locked up in a forced labour camp for 3 to 4 years simply by a written letter from a police officer”; and, “the organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners equates to murder”.

Mr. Gutmann also stressed: “The prisoners of conscience within the system are most likely to become victims of organ harvesting because they don’t reveal their names and identities”; “There’s a large number of prisoners of conscience in China and they have been used as a major source of organ transplant”; “China’s illegal organ harvesting has involved the whole country’s systematic participation.

During the program, Mr. Kilgour emphasized that some Chinese officials say that the organs for transplant in China are from prisoners who were executed, but as a matter of fact, those who have been killed for their organs are mainly Falun Gong practitioners, who didn’t commit any crimes, and who are totally innocent. People forget the fact that these are all innocent people.


David Kilgour poses for a photo with a Falun Gong practitioner who is protesting peacefully opposite the Chinese embassy in London

In the morning on the way to the BBC studio, David Kilgour happened to see Falun Gong practitioners holding a 24-hour non-stop peaceful protest activity opposite the Chinese embassy in London. He stopped the taxi and came over to the Falun Gong practitioner who was doing the exercises and had his photo taken with her to show his support.

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Ongoing Investigation of Organ Harvesting in China Yields Ominous Evidence

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Investigation Lead: A Beijing Hospital Takes One Week to Obtain Liver and Heart Donor

A woman in her 60s from the Saertu District of Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province, received a liver and heart transplant in a Beijing hospital in 2010. The donor was a man in his 20s.

According to the woman, there is a playground in the hospital’s backyard. In summer, the backyard was filled with patients waiting for transplant operations. Each patient was accommodated on a bed in the open air, with curtains on the sides for privacy. The hospital only took about one week to find a matching donor, and charged 200,000 to 300,000 yuan for each organ. She paid 800,000 yuan for her organs. Her son (last name Zhang) worked as a section head of the Daqing Power Plant and was wealthy. He also paid the doctors 200,000 yuan in commission.

In the U.S. it usually takes one to four years to obtain a suitable donor for this type of transplant, but in China it only took one week. Nearly 30 hospitals like this one in Beijing exist throughout China.

Investigation Lead: Tracking the Personal Health Records and Movement of Falun Gong Practitioners

Each prison and detention center has illegally detained batches of Falun Gong practitioners continuously since 1999. From time to time, practitioners are forced to have blood withdrawn and instead of names the samples are identified with number codes. Before a practitioner is released he is tested for various blood lipids and his or her DNA is also recorded. All of this information is saved on the practitioner’s identity card on the network.

The communist regime’s network connects all the police departments, airlines, railways and hotels. It employs a system of real names on train tickets, bus tickets and airline tickets, so wherever a practitioner goes, the authorities can quickly locate him or her through sliding the identity card on a special small box.

Once, a practitioner went to Beijing for a business conference in 2012. When he boarded the train the police accessed his identity card. When he got off the train in Beijing, more than 10 police officers were waiting. They immediately arrested him and sent him to a local brainwashing center.

The communist regime requires that hotels that can accommodate 30 people or more must be connected to the police network and check each customer’s identity card. The information submitted to the network can be kept for about a year.

Investigation Lead: The Tonghua City Forced Labor Camp Forces Practitioners to Undergo Comprehensive Examinations

“In the summer of 2001, I was detained in the Tonghua City Forced Labor Camp with more than 50 other practitioners. One day, the guards gave us new clothes and told us to put them on. However, only practitioners were given new clothing, and none of the inmates received them. Thinking that we should not cooperate with the guards, two practitioners and I refused to put the new clothes on.

The head of the guards then came and ordered us to wear the clothes. We still refused. In the end, the guard said, “We’re taking all of you to the hospital for physical examinations tomorrow. If you don’t wear the clothes, we can’t take you.” I said to him, “We practice cultivation and are free of illness. Why do you want to examine us?” The next day, all the practitioners who had put the new clothes on were taken to the hospital, leaving the three of us behind.

However, about an hour later, the guards came back and told us that we had to go with them, even without the new clothes. We were then taken to a hospital, which probably was the Tonghua City Hospital. I was quite confused by the change in the guards. I wondered why the guards who had treated us so brutally were suddenly being careful in the way they handled us. The examination was very comprehensive, including but not limited to cardiogram, brain electrical activity, type-B ultrasonic, X rays, liver function, kidney, blood and stool. An entire tube of blood was withdrawn from me. At that time I didn’t understand why the authorities were having us examined so comprehensively. But when I look back now, it seems obvious that they were looking for matching donors.

The same thing also happened in the Tongliao City Detention Center. A practitioner was arrested and immediately sent to a hospital for blood tests. We now know that by that time the communist regime had begun to kill practitioners for their organs.”

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