Organ Harvesting Crimes a Focus at the 41st Annual Meeting of the International Society for Human Rights in Germany

April 21, 2013 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Germany

( The German Branch of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) hosted the 41st Annual Conference of the International Society for Human Rights on April 12-14, 2013 in the former German capital of Bonn.

China’s current human rights crisis, including the regime’s organ harvesting from imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners, was discussed as part of the program’s Focal Points 2013 working group discussions. Also covered were China’s Internet blockade and other human rights abuses.

The International Society for Human Rights is a well-established international human rights organization based in Frankfurt, Germany. For many years the organization has been committed to exposing and stopping the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, and has actively helped rescue family members of practitioners in Germany who are imprisoned in China.

Various speakers were invited to address the working group seminar on China, including medical expert Professor Huige Li, U.S. computer expert Professor Shiyu Zhou, Detlef Alsbach, author of Persecuted Hearts, Wei Liu, a Falun Gong practitioner who was illegally detained by the Chinese regime many times, and a Falun Gong practitioner who is campaigning to rescue his mother, imprisoned in China.

Medical expert Huige Li

Unexplained Rise in Organ Transplants

Professor Huige Li analyzed the recent history of organ transplants in China, covering the past ten-plus years. He raised the question of why the number of organ transplant operations surged after 1999 when the persecution of Falun Gong started.

He also highlighted the fact that the CCP initially denied the accusations that they were using imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners as a living organ bank. In 2005, under international pressure, the CCP shamelessly claimed that the source of organs for transplant surgeries was death row inmates. However, it should be noticed that the number of executed death row prisoners is actually far fewer than the number of organ transplant surgeries in China.

Internet Censorship in China

Computer expert Professor Shiyu Zhou

Professor Shiyu Zhou, a computer expert, demonstrated how the CCP invested heavily in Internet censorship in China. He spoke about how the regime spent huge amounts of money to bribe oversees media to speak for the CCP.

Zhou introduced the Global Internet Freedom Consortium (GIFG), which has helped persecuted groups worldwide to successfully break through Internet blockades in China and other countries, bringing a glimmer of hope to those who are pursuing freedom under oppressive regimes.

Persecuted Hearts

Author Detlef Alsbach

Detlef Alsbach, author of Persecuted Hearts, told the audience that he was shocked when he received a Falun Gong flyer a few years ago and learned that Falun Gong practitioners were being persecuted and their organs were being harvested by the Chinese Communist regime.

As a professional writer he made a thorough investigation on his own, then began writing a book about live organ harvesting in China. In an interview after his presentation, Mr. Alsbach mentioned that it took him a much longer time, two to three times longer than average, to finish the book, because it was such an emotionally difficult subject. He said that live organ harvesting also occurs in other countries, but only in China is such an offense being committed systematically, supported by the ruling regime.

A Sin of the Soul

ISHR/IGM Speaker Mr. Martin Lessenthin (from ISHR/IGFM website)

ISHR speaker Mr. Martin Lessenthin pointed out in an interview, “Organ harvesting is not only a physical offense, but is also a sin of the soul.” He said that he met David Kilgour and David Matas in Germany four years ago, and learned about the organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.

Mr. Kilgour, a former Canadian MP and Secretary of State for the Asia Pacific region, and Mr. Matas, a human rights lawyer, conducted an extensive investigation into the allegations of live organ harvesting in China and found them to be true.

Mr. Martin hoped that such offenses would be brought to an end within four years, because the whole world knows the facts, and the international community is taking action to raise awareness and enact legislation and policies to stop these crimes.

Mr. Martin also added that the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Falun Gong, which has persisted for almost 14 years, is really one of the most serious human rights abuses today. He calls upon everyone around the world, especially elected officials, to exert their influence to stop the persecution of Falun Gong.

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CATEGORY: Organ Harvesting

Organ Harvesting and Cremation of Living Falun Gong Practitioners Spotlights Inhuman Nature of the CCP

April 21, 2013 | By Zhong Yan

( The Minghui website recently broke news that a certain 610 Office ordered the cremation of a Falun Gong practitioner shortly after she lost consciousness after being relentlessly tortured, despite the fact that her heart was still beating. News of this atrocity is yet another example of the Chinese Communist regime’s inhuman policy to eradicate Falun Gong practitioners at all costs.

Jiang Zemin’s Genocidal Policy to Eradicate Falun Gong Results in Unspeakable Atrocities

Intensely jealous of Falun Gong’s increasing popularity, Jiang Zemin launched the persecution of this peaceful practice in July 1999. In order to completely wipe out Falun Gong, he ordered the establishment of the 610 Office at all governmental levels to carry out his genocidal policy of “ruin practitioners’ reputation, bankrupt them financially, and destroy them physically.”

Secret orders were issued, directing all branches of the 610 Office and the Political and Legal Affairs Committee to use all means possible to annihilate practitioners. “Eradicate Falun Gong in three months,” “count beating deaths as suicides,” and “no laws should apply when dealing with Falun Gong” are just some of the secret orders that were later made known to the public.

More than 100 methods of torture have been used by the regime in their pursuit of high “transformation” rates. Nothing is considered too excessive if it can force practitioners to give up their belief in Falun Gong.

According to incomplete statistics compiled by Minghui, 3644 deaths of Falun Gong practitioners have been confirmed since the beginning of the persecution. Even harvesting organs from living practitioners and cremation of practitioners while they are still alive have become common practices in many places around China. Such atrocities are almost impossible to imagine.

The following is a review of the some of the most heinous crimes committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the persecution of Falun Gong.

Practitioners Cremated or Burned While Still Alive

1. Respected Teacher & Falun Gong Practitioner Ms. Liu Weishan Sent for Cremation While Still Alive

Ms. Liu Weishan, a schoolteacher from Xiangfan City, Hubei Province, was arrested seven times from 1999 to 2002 by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for remaining resolute in her practice of Falun Gong. She has been mistreated and held against her will in detention centers and hospitals ever since.

Paralyzed and in a state of mental collapse for years, the authorities sent her to be cremated in 2011. Fortunately, the crematorium staff realized that she was still alive and refused to proceed. She was taken back to the hospital.


2. Murder Suspected in Older Practitioner’s Sudden Death in Chongqing Forced Labor Camp

On January 28, 2009, 66-year-old Mr. Jiang Xiqing was cremated while still alive. The guards at Xishanping Forced Labor Camp beat Mr. Jiang savagely until he lost consciousness. They then declared that he died of myocardial infarction. When his family rushed to the funeral home, they found that his temple and chest were still warm. However, the guards pushed his body into the freezer and dragged his children out of the room. Despite his family’s refusal to sign the required paperwork, the guards had Mr. Jiang cremated.


3. Mr. Zhang Zheng Murdered by Police

A former employee of the Industrial and Commercial Bank in Huai-an City, Jiangsu Province, Mr. Zhang was forcibly abducted from hospital by more than 40 guards at 6:30 p.m. on March 30, 2000. They took him to be cremated while his heart was still beating and he was still breathing. The local police prohibited his family and friends from any public mourning or seeking justice on his behalf.


4. Ms. Wang Huajun Burned Alive in Hubei Province

In April 2001, Ms. Wang Huajun, a farmer from Baiguo Town, Macheng, Hubei Province, was soaked with gasoline and burned to death while she was still alive. Prior to this, she was beaten almost to death and unable to stand. The perpetrator, Xu Shiqian (Political and Legal Affairs Committee head), dragged her to Jinqiao Square and set her on fire. After this incident, the local authorities claimed that Ms. Wang committed self-immolation because of her Falun Gong practice. Three other practitioners who knew the truth were dragged to their deaths behind speeding motorcycles.


Individual Committed Suicide”

“Individual committed suicide” is a euphemism coined by Chinese people to express their anger over the CCP killing innocent people. It originated from the secret policy of counting beating deaths of Falun Gong practitioners as suicide. Later the lawless Political and Legal Affairs committee used this policy on a wider group of people, including non-practitioners. The authorities kill whoever they think interferes with their pursuit of self-interests yet still blatantly claim that the victims committed suicide.

Jiang’s disregard for the the law and human rights in his suppression of innocent Falun Gong practitioners gave birth to this phenomenon of false suicides. The lack of a functioning legal system and social justice, as well as the rampant abuse of power, have made the entire Chinese nation Jiang’s victims.

Organ Harvesting from Living Falun Gong Practitioners Still Rampant

A person must die in a timely manner in order to prolong the life of another person, which can only happen under China’s transplant system in the name of progress and profit,” according to an article by Die Zeit, a major Germannewspaper, which commented that the CCP had been harvesting organs from prisoners for a long time.


The CCP practice of sentencing to death the hundreds of thousands of practitioners who went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong around 2000 made numerous people unwilling live organ donors.

Even though the CCP removed health minister Huang Jiefu from his post in its cover-up of the organ harvesting atrocities and its attempt to evade responsibility, this crime of horrific proportions can never be expunged.

Below is an excerpt from a recent Minghui article indicating that the Chinese healthcare system is still carrying out live organ harvesting.

Investigation Leads: Matching Organ Found Within 10 Days in Shenyang Military Region General Hospital

Ms. Wei Fengqin from Shahe Town, Yitong County, Jilin Province, obtained a heart transplant in the General Hospital of Shenyang Military Region at 10 a.m. on November 17, 2012. Within 10 days of initial testing for Ms. Wei’s transplant, a matching organ was found.

The hospital claimed the heart came from a 31-year-old male inmate who was executed. The hospital asked the patient to provide detailed information including her family income. The patient was asked to keep the organ source information confidential. Ms. Wei’s doctor was Dr. Wu.

Dr. Wu was seen walking out of the hospital clutching a case in his hand on the morning of November 17, 2012. Two hours later he returned to the hospital with the same case and entered the operating room. The surgery lasted until 4:40 p.m.

Three other patients in the hospital obtained new organs at the same time. Ms. Wei Fengqin was chosen to receive the heart transplant.

Under normal circumstances, it is impossible to find a matching organ within 10 days. The place where executions are carried out was by far more than two hours away from the hospital. The CCP must have an enormous live organ bank. It is suspected that organs are still being harvested from illegally detained Falun Gong practitioners.


Minghui has been receiving tips on organ harvesting from insiders from all over China, and we believe more will come forward and bear witness to this horrific and unprecedented crime.

Doctors Made to Participate in Live Organ Harvesting Are Turned into Killing Machines

In their genocide of Falun Gong practitioners, Jiang and his accomplices have turned otherwise conscientious healthcare workers into killing machines. In a 2006 Minghui article, a veteran military doctor revealed the following:

“Many people pay a lot of attention to the transplant statistics announced by the government. Actually, ‘underground’ organ transplants are many times that of the number publicized by the government. For example, if the government says that there are 30,000 cases a year, then the real number is about 110,000. There is an abundance of organ sources, and this is another reason why the prices for organ transplants have decreased.

“Many hospitals under the jurisdiction of the military, while reporting some transplants to the central government and the public, are actually conducting a large number of organ transplants in secret. The real number is much higher than government statistics. As I said before, in the eyes of these people [who are doing the operations], the people whose organs are being removed are no longer regarded as human, but animals. When doing it for the first or second time, some of them feel shaky and nervous. But after thousands of operations, everything changes. They become numb about extracting organs from living people and cremating them.”


Perpetrators that Follow Jiang to Commit Crimes against Humanity Face Grave Consequences

Shortly after he stepped down as Vice Mayor of Shanghai in January 2013, 58-year-old Zhang Xuebing was removed from his post as Shanghai City Police Department Chief on March 28.

As a matter of fact, Zhang Xuebing was the chief culprit in the persecution of Falun Gong in Shanghai. In the early half of 2011, the Shanghai 610 Office ordered its Domestic Security Office to monitor Falun Gong practitioners in their respective territories, resulting in more than 40 arrests in just six months. Street committees, the Procuratorate, judicial and legal system, detention centers, labor camps, brainwashing centers, and prisons were all involved.

The 18th People’s Congress saw numerous officials disciplined three months after its conclusion. A total of 453 people were arrested, 392 of them from police departments. Twelve high-ranking officials committed suicide.

The removal of Zhang Xuebing is widely regarded as proof that Jiang has completely lost control of the military, the political and legal affairs committee, and Shanghai. Now there is a saying that anyone who follows Jiang is doomed.

Actually, those officials share one other thing in common, which is, they have all spared no efforts in persecuting Falun Gong. The crimes they committed against Falun Gong may be the real reason that they are facing grave consequences. If they don’t stop doing evil, even more frightening consequences await them.

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CATEGORY: Accounts of Persecution

Organ Harvesting Overview

Falun Dafa Information Center

( It is our belief that when the truth about the persecution of Falun Gong in China has been fully revealed, the persecution will come to an end, since the world will simply not be able to tolerate it. That China’s communist leaders have gone to such great lengths to hide and cover up their actions since 1999 indicates that they believe this, also.

To this end, the following is one in a special series of articles designed to more comprehensively expose and chronicle the persecution of Falun Gong in China in all of its many facets. We invite our readers to check back with us on a daily basis this month for more articles which document the crimes against humanity committed by the Chinese Communist Party over the past eleven years of persecuting Falun Gong.

Previous articles in this series:
“Overview of the Persecution” (
“Persecution FAQ” (
“Persecution: Timeline”(
“Persecution: Origins (
“Persecution: Killings”:
“Persecution: Key Individuals”: (


Since the Chinese Communist Party banned Falun Gong in China in 1999, the Chinese authorities have utilized a wide variety of mechanisms in their efforts to force adherents to renounce their faith and ultimately wipe out the spiritual group. These strategies have ranged from extreme use of torture and sexual abuse, to the intimidation and harassment of adherents’ family members, to the establishment of a nationwide extralegal task force to implement the eradication policy.

Mounting evidence tells a terrible tale of murder and mutilation in China. Witnesses and Chinese physicians reveal that thousands of persons affiliated with the Falun Gong are being killed for their organs, which are sold and transplanted at enormous profit.

The kidneys, livers, and hearts are often sold on demand to overseas patients, who can afford them. That is, the prisoners of conscience are tissue typed and then killed once a matching recipient is found for their organs.

The perpetrators are officials of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), acting in cahoots with surgeons, prison authorities, and military officials.

Victims are held in concentrations camps prior to dissection, after which the bodies’ remains are immediately cremated.

The story, almost too dreadful to believe, was first revealed in March 2006, when a woman claimed that as many as 4,000 Falun Gong had been killed for their organs at the hospital in which she had worked. She also said that her husband, a surgeon at the same hospital outside the northeastern city of Shenyang, had disclosed to her that he had removed cornea from the living bodies of 2,000 Falun Gong adherents (articlevideo).

One week later, a Chinese military doctor not only corroborated the woman’s account but claimed such atrocities were taking place in 36 different concentration camps throughout the country. The largest, he said, held 120,000 persons. He said he had also witnessed the Falun Gong being massively transported across the country in cattle trains, at night and under the cover of tight security (article).

Falun Gong supporters and human rights activists overseas immediately began investigating the allegations. They placed calls to Chinese hospitals pretending to be shopping for a kidney or a liver. To their horror, one doctor after another openly confirmed: We’ve got Falun Gong in stock; just come in and we can get you the organ within a week.

Shocked by these reports, two prominent Canadian human rights lawyers launched their own investigation. Then in July 2006, former Secretary of State for Asia Pacific David Kilgour and Nazi hunter David Matas, published their own 140-page report. It drew “the regrettable conclusion that the allegations are true” (article).

CCP officials are reportedly hastening to destroy all evidence. They have provided monitored tours and removed websites that advertised organs for sale (though not in time, as investigators had already managed to save images of these web pages). One Chinese website had boasted that it can provide matching organs in 1-4 weeks, which medical experts say is impossible unless the Chinese hospitals have access to a huge stock of living organ “donors.”

Shortly after reports of organ harvesting emerged, Party leaders announced new legislation banning use of organs without consent. Over a year later, this law does not appear to have been implemented at all, supporting those who claimed all along that the legislation was nothing more than a public relations stunt.

Throughout the 1990’s, human rights organizations and international media reported the widespread use of executed prisoners’ organs for organ transplants in China. In 2001, a Chinese doctor testified before Congress, saying he had removed corneas and skin from more than 100 executed prisoners, including ones who were still alive (link to Organs05 – Wang Guoqi, “The preparation for Sujiatun”: article). The Communist Party has now begun employing “execution vans,” which allow for both discrete executions on the go and delivery of fresh organs to hospitals (article).

Along with Kilgour and Matas, the Committee to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG: has taken the lead in uncovering and exposing the organ atrocities. CIPFG and prominent individuals, such as Jewish religious leaders and former Olympians are currently holding a Human Rights Torch Relay. Their message is: “Crimes against humanity and Olympics cannot coexist in China.”

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