The Discerning Are Undeterred by CCP Propaganda against Falun Gong

August 04, 2016 | By Qingquan

(Minghui.org) It takes real wisdom for people who live amidst the Chinese Communist regime’s constant barrage of lies to still be able to see things for what they are. In the many years of the persecution of Falun Gong, the Chinese regime churned out constant propaganda through its state-run media, slandering and framing the spiritual practice. Nonetheless, many people have decided to find out for themselves what Falun Gong was about and ended up finding the best thing in their lives.

The following are stories of some of these bold individuals who were undeterred by the propaganda and stood strong in the face of the persecution.

Standing Up for Falun Gong Leads to Practicing

Lanzhou City practitioner Ms. Zhang Zhenmin’s husband talked about how she became a Falun Gong practitioner. “She saw the news on television accusing Teacher Li of scamming practitioners for money. She wasn’t a practitioner then, but there were many practitioners in our family at the time. Knowing that we didn’t pay anything for participating in the practice, she realized that the news on television were lies to frame Teacher Li and slander the practice.”

The couple visited Ms. Zhang’s parents, who both were Falun Gong practitioners, a few months after the persecution started. She learned that her parents had stopped practicing because of constant harassment from the local police. Her parents were so scared that they would not even mention the practice. She was pained that her parents, who were law-abiding citizens, had to suffer for trying to stay healthy. She decided to go to Beijing to protest against the persecution along with other practitioners. Along the way, she began studying the practice as well.

Media Professional Sees Through the Propaganda

All the state-run media began to attack Falun Gong after the persecution started. The news was especially harsh about the peaceful protest on April 25, when 10,000 practitioners went to the central government compound seeking fair treatment. The news claimed it was a planned attack on the government. Ms. Chong Jinxia from Gansu Province repeatedly watched the news and saw that no one was attacked, with the practitioners standing quietly in a line and some meditating.

Ms. Chong was a part-time television news anchor and broadcaster in her company’s propaganda department. She understood how the news works in China. As the media continued to defame Falun Gong, she talked to her coworkers who used to be practitioners. She then borrowed and read the main book of Falun Gong teachings, Zhuan Falun. The teachings resonated with her, and she took up the practice.

Buddhist Discerns the Real Reason Behind the Persecution

Ms. Liu Guorong retired from Bureau of Materials in Nanyang City. She was a Buddhist before the persecution. As she saw that the television news was attacking Falun Gong around the clock and that practitioners were arrested one after another, she decided to find out what Falun Gong was. Seeing that the teachings promote kindness and honesty, she realized why the communist regime attacked it, and she became a practitioner.

Curiosity Sparked by Propaganda

After seeing multiple propaganda pieces against Falun Gong on television news, Ms. Li Cuifang from Gansu Province became curious. She bought a copy of Zhuan Falun and started reading it in front of her shop. A neighbor walked by and seeing that she was reading a Falun Gong book, stopped to warn her. “The police are seizing Falun Gong practitioners. Are you sure you want to be reading it?” her neighbor asked. Ms. Fang was drawn to the principles in the book as she was reading and experienced tremendous energy in her body. She felt comfortable and illness-free. “Such a wonderful book. Yes I’m reading it, why not?” she replied. She didn’t hesitate to join the practice.

Top Student Unswayed by the Propaganda

Mr. Qu Yanlai from Heilongjiang Province was a brilliant student and won the provincial Olympiad of chemistry and mathematics. He was accepted to one of the country’s best universities, Shanghai Jiaotong University.

When the persecution began in 1999, he hadn’t finished reading the book Zhuan Falun. However, he knew that the propaganda on television was false, a tool used to incite public hatred against Falun Gong and justify the unlawful persecution. Mr. Qu, unswayed by the news, finished reading the book and became determined to follow the teachings of Falun Gong.

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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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CATEGORY: Support/Recognition

Falun Gong Practitioners Systematically Murdered for Their Organs: Refuting the Chinese Regime’s “Death Row” Explanation, Appendices

1. Technical difficulties in organ transplants

Organ transplantation is a form of live transplantation. Three technical difficulties need be solved.

The first difficulty lies in the immediate vascular connection as soon as an organ is transplanted into the recipient’s body. This restoration of blood circulation is critical to supplying nutrition so that cells can stay alive. This requires a different set of surgery techniques from the stitching of regular tissues. This technique for vascular anastomosis was not developed until 1903 by Alexis Carrel, a French surgeon, biologist and eugenicist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1912.

The second difficulty is to keep the harvested organ alive after it becomes isolated. Under normal temperatures, an organ dies between a few minutes and an hour, which will prevent it from being transplanted into the recipient’s body. However, to complete the transplantation within such a time constraint is impossible. Innovative techniques are needed to keep organs alive. The solution is to lower the temperature during a process called perfusion. The lower temperature reduces the nutrition level needed by the cells, which extends the survival time of an isolated organ. Perfusion achieves nutritive delivery of blood. It was not until 1967 and 1969 that F.O. Beizer and G.M. Collins independently developed practical perfusion solutions, which could keep an isolated organ alive for 24 hours. This has gained enough time for organ transplant surgery operations.

The third difficulty lies in the foreign source of the organ being transplanted. Any recipient has an inborn capability and mechanism (immune mechanism) which can recognize, control, destroy and eliminate foreign tissues or organs transplanted into the body. This physiological immune process is clinically manifested as rejection reaction, which can result in damage to transplanted organs and failure of transplantation. Transplanted organs, like other cells in a human body, are composed of two major types of antigens: ABO blood type and Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA). Together, they determine the rejection reaction associated with homograft. There are only four ABO blood types (O, A, B, and AB). It is not that hard to match suppliers and recipients of the same ABO blood type. However, HLA is extremely complex. It has been discovered that there are seven groups of HLA. They are HLA-A, HLA-B, HLA-C, HLA-D, HLA-DR, HLA-DQ, and HLA-DP, with a total of 148 antigens. The possible permutations are well over 2,000,000. Except for twins from the same egg, it is practically impossible to locate a supplier and a recipient with identical HLA matching. As a result, rejection reaction always follows a homograft. It has to be reversed with intense immune suppression. Immunosuppressant drugs that are clinically effective were not discovered until the 1960s. They include: azathioprine (1961), prednisone (1963), anti-lymphocyte globulin (1966), and Cyclophosphamide (1971). With the advent of these immunosuppressant drugs, organs could be kept alive long enough after transplantation. In 1962, J.E. Murray, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1990, accomplished the extended survival of a human kidney transplant for the first time. It marked organ transplantation as being clinically feasible.

Three types of transplant rejection:

Hyperacute rejection – Hyperacute rejection usually takes place within 24 hours of the transplant. It is the outcome of a xenotransplanted organ in non-immunosuppressed recipients. Hyperacute rejection is a particular risk in kidney transplants. This is commonly addressed by a prospective cytotoxic cross match prior to kidney transplantation to ensure that antibodies to the donor are not present.

Acute rejection – Acute rejection is the most common rejection observed. It usually takes place several days to several months after the transplant. It is caused by mismatched HLA. Most acute rejection cases can be alleviated by immunosuppressant drugs.

Chronic rejection – Chronic rejection usually takes place several months to several years after the transplant. It is a poorly understood process of chronic inflammatory and immune response against the transplanted tissue.

2. Liver transplant charts from two hospitals with close ties to the Chinese military

This chart is taken from the homepage of the Orient Organ Transplant Center in Tianjin. [68] Watermark in Chinese: ‘Our accomplishments.’ Numbers indicate liver transplants. It claims to have performed the highest number of liver transplant surgeries of all hospitals around the world in 2004. [69]

Number of liver transplant cases at the No. 2 Hospital of the Second Military Medical University (also known as Shanghai Changzheng Hospital) in 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. [70]

3. Published organ transplant statistics by Chinese experts

There are no accurate statistics for the annual number of transplants in China. Estimates provided by various experts based on data at hand differ from one another. However, all statistics have pointed to the significant growth of China’s organ transplantation market. For example, Jiankangbao [Healthnewspaper] reported that Shi Bingyi, member of the standing committee of the Chinese Society of Transplantation, which is a division of the Chinese Medical Association, and director of the Transplant Center of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), estimated that there had been a cumulative count of 90,000 transplant cases by 2005, with close to 10,000 kidney transplant cases and close to 4,000 liver transplant cases in 2005 alone. [71] Shi Bingyi said in another interview by Science Times that the number peaked in 2006, with 20,000 transplant cases in that year. [72] When Shi was a guest at Xinhuanet.com in September 2009, he said that between 8,000 and 9,000 kidney transplant surgeries were conducted in China each year, while liver transplant surgeries numbered between 3,000 to 4,000 each year. [73] Huang Jiefu, deputy minister of China’s Ministry of Public Health claimed transplants reached a peak in 2004, with close to 15,000 cases of liver and kidney transplants. [74] Another source, China’s Caijing magazine, revealed in Issue No. 18, 2009 that by the end of 2008, cumulated kidney and liver transplants had surpassed 100,000 cases. [75]

The above is an article published by the website of Jiankangbao [Health newspaper]. It is an interview with Shi Bingyi, director of the Transplant Center of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), who estimated that there had been a cumulative count of 90,000 transplant cases by 2005. This article has since been deleted from the website. The screen capture was taken from an archive at http://web.archive.org/web/20060826070646/http: //www.transplantation.org.cn/html/2006-03/394.html.

4. Organ transplants in underground hospitals

Many underground hospitals sprouted up, driven by the high profit margin. This crowded the organ transplant marketplace.

Life Week magazine published a report in its April 2006 issue named “The difficulty of organ transplant regulation.” Zhu Youhua, president of the Transplantation Research Institute of the PLA and director of the Organ Transplant Center at Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, told Life Weekreporters, “181 kidney transplants and 171 liver transplants were performed in 2005. We also took between 20 and 30 patients who suffered transplant failure from underground hospitals…” The article also quoted Shen Zhongyang, of the Orient Organ Transplant Center, that between 10% and 20% the total number of cases at the transplant center were people who previously had transplant surgeries performed by non-standard measures in underground hospitals. [76]

Therefore, we need to point out the existence of underground organ transplant hospitals. Transplants conducted at these hospitals are likely not included in the statistics by Huang Jiefu, deputy minister of the Ministry of Public Health, and others. As a result, the number of actual transplants that took place between 2003 and 2006 could very well surpass the estimates we have discussed in previous chapters.

5. Organ transplant statistics provided by Huang Jiefu and Shi Bingyi

Huang Jiefu, deputy minister of China’s Health Ministry, and others published the article “Government Policy and Organ Transplantation in China” in The Lancet. [77] It contains the following chart:

 

If we transpose liver transplant cases on top of kidney transplant cases, we get the following chart, with the red line indicating the trend of changes. Note: Huang Jiefu’s data between 2003 and 2006 is based on incomplete statistics. Estimates from other experts are much higher.

In fact, Huang Jiefu’s data is on the conservative side among statistics we have gathered from organ transplant experts in China. Shi Bingyi, director of the Organ Transplant Center of the PLA, estimated that there were close to 10,000 kidney transplant cases and close to 4,000 liver transplant cases in 2005 alone. Shi Bingyi said in another interview with Science Times that the number peaked in 2006, with 20,000 transplant cases in that year. When Shi was a guest at the Xinhuanet.com in September 2009, he said that currently between 8,000 and 9,000 kidney transplant surgeries were conducted in China each year, while liver transplant surgeries were between 3,000 and 4,000 each year.

6. Organ transplants in other countries

During the same period, the volume of transplant surgeries have been relatively stable in other countries. The number of transplant surgeries increased from about 1,600 to about 2,250 in Canada between 1997 and 2007. [78] In the United States, the number increased gradually from a little over 20,000 to slightly below 28,000. [79]

 

Number of organ transplants in Canada from 1996 to 2007

Number of transplants by donor type in the U.S. (Jan. 1, 1997 – July 31, 2009)

7. Average waiting period for organs in Chinese hospitals

The following are average waiting periods for organs as taken from websites of Chinese hospitals.

 

Average waiting period of two weeks at the Orient Organ Transplant Center (Tianjin) (Original content deleted; screen capture from an archive at: http://web.archive.org/web/20060207021805/http://www.ootc.net/)

Average waiting period of one week for liver transplants at the No. 2 Hospital of the Second Military Medical University (Shanghai Changzheng Hospital) (Original content deleted after the exposure of live organ harvesting by overseas media; screen capture from an archive at: http://web.archive.org/web/20050210151434/www.transorgan.com/apply.asp

See the following chart for changed text on the hospital’s website.)

 

The text was changed to: “Operations will be arranged as soon as a patient checks into our hospital.” (http://www.transorgan.com/apply.asp)

Average waiting periods for liver and kidney transplants at the China International Transplantation Network Assistance Center of the No. 1 Affiliated Hospital of the China Medical University in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province (original content deleted; screen capture from an archive at: http://web.archive.org/web/20041023183012/zoukiishoku.com/cn/jueding/index.htm)

8. Cost of organ transplants

 

Cost of transplant surgeries listed at the website of the China International Transplantation Network Assistance Center of the No. 1 Affiliated Hospital of the China Medical University in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province (original website in Japanese, Russian, English, and Chinese languages was closed after overseas exposure of live organ harvesting; screen capture from an archive at: http://web.archive.org/web/20060422143018/en.zoukiishoku.com/list/cost.htm)

9. Guarantee of donor quality

The China International Transplantation Network Assistance Center of the No. 1 Affiliated Hospital of the China Medical University in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province published answers to most frequently asked questions on its website emphasizing live organs being used in organ transplants.

 

The Chinese text circled emphasizes that the organs are live organs. The China International Transplantation Network Assistance Center website has since been taken offline. Screen capture from an archive at: http://web.archive.org/web/20041023193430/zoukiishoku.com/cn/wenda/index.htm.

10. Disappearance of the Chinese Society of Organ Transplantation website

After the exposure of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners on March 9, 2006, the website of the Chinese Society of Organ Transplantation (www.cstx.org) affiliated with the China Medical Association soon disappeared. It was redirected to the website of the China Medical Association (www.cma.org.cn). As of November 2009, the cstx.org website remains offline. The Internet Archive indicates that the cstx.org website was last updated in February 2006, at which time it clearly stated that it was sponsored by the Chinese Society of Organ Transplantation and implemented by the Organ Transplantation Research Institute of Tongji Medical School of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

 

The website of the Chinese Society of Organ Transplantation affiliated with the Chinese Medical Association before it disappeared. Screen capture from an archive at: http://web.archive.org/web/20051201024138/www.cstx.org/xhjj2.htm.

11. “Organ deal behind the death of a beggar” – South Wind Window magazine

 

Cover and headline “Organ deal behind the death of a beggar” of South Wind Window magazine, Issue No. 14, 2007.

12. “Where did the organs come from?” – Cover story from Caijing magazine revealing a case of killing for organs

 

Caijing [Finance and Economics] magazine, Issue No. 18, 2009 (published on August 31, 2009), carried a cover story “Where did the organs come from?” which revealed the case of killing of a homeless person for his organs. Original link: http://magazine.caijing.com.cn/2009/cj245/ appears to be broken. A copy of the report was also found at http://www.transplantation.org.cn/zyienizhonghe/2009-09/3906.htm.

Note: Caijing magazine has been known for its courage in exposing the dark side of Communist bureaucrats and publishing sensitive news reports. However, a human resources shakeup took place in the second half of 2009, and over 150 editors and reporters, which was almost the entire staff, resigned during this period.

References

[68] Orient Organ Transplant Center in Tianjin, chart on the center’s own webpage has been deleted, and screen capture is taken instead from an archive at http://web.archive.org/web/20060412162605/http://www.ootc.net/

[69] Orient Organ Transplant Center in Tianjin, “Center’s Accomplishments” web link, http://www.ootc.net/CenterContent.aspx?newsID=12

[70] No. 2 Hospital of the Second Military Medical University (also known as Shanghai Changzheng Hospital), chart on the hospital’s own webpage has been deleted, and screen capture is taken instead from an archive at http://web.archive.org/web/20050317130117/http://www.transorgan.com/about_g_intro.asp

[71] Jiankangbao [Health newspaper], March 2, 2006, “The bar has to be raised for organ transplantation,” an article which has been deleted from the newspaper’s website after the exposure of organ harvesting, and screen capture is taken instead from an archive at http://web.archive.org/web/20060826070646/http://www.transplantation.org.cn/html/2006-03/394.html

[72] Science Times, “Organ shortage is the bottleneck of the growth of the transplantation course,” http://www.sciencenet.cn/html/showsbnews1.aspx?id=182075

[73] Xinhuanet.com, “Transcript of an interview with Shi Bingyi: A discussion over organ transplantation in detail,” http://news.xinhuanet.com/mil/2009-09/11/content_12035251_2.htm

[74] Huang Jiefu, Mao Yilei, and J. Michael Millis, “Government Policy and Organ Transplantation in China,” The Lancet, http://download.thelancet.com/flatcontentassets/series/china/comment11.pdf

[75] Wang Xuan, “Where do organs come from?” Caijing magazine, http://www.transplantation.org.cn/zyienizhonghe/2009-09/3905.htm

[76] Life Week magazine, “The difficulty of organ transplant regulation,” http://www.lifeweek.com.cn/2006-04-17/0005314976.shtml

[77] Huang Jiefu, Mao Yilei, and J. Michael Millis, “Government Policy and Organ Transplantation in China,” The Lancet, http://download.thelancet.com/flatcontentassets/series/china/comment11.pdf

[78] Dr. Lilyanna Trpeski, “Report on CORR Performance and Recent Trends in Donor, Transplant and Waiting Statistics in Canada-Preliminary Results,” http://www.cihi.ca/cihiweb/en/downloads/Clinical%20CAT 224a1cresentation_donors_2008_fial.ppt

[79] U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, http://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/latestData/rptData.asp

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