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Business of selling human organs extracted from prisoners by Chinese govt thriving: Report

Selling human organs: There is no check on the business of selling human organs, extracted from live and illegally detained prisoners by the Chinese government, according to a Voices Against Autocracy report. It has appealed to the medical practitioners around the world, governments, and universal bodies like the World Health Organization (WHO) to put an end to this “inhuman and disgusting practice.”

An international webinar on “Forcible Harvesting of Human Organs in China” came out with the findings that this practice was so far limited to extracting human organs from Falun Gang, Uyghur, Tibetan, and Christian prisoners, according to the report.

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Kidnappings on the rise

The situation was becoming worse as it was giving rise to kidnapping teenagers from poor Chinese families and killing them for organ extraction, said the Voices Against Autocracy report.

The webinar that was held on December 17, expressed surprise that patients in other countries have to wait for years and have to spend huge money to for transplant of their heart, kidney, lungs, cornea or other organs like pancreas and spleen. On the other side, patients in China get these organs at a short notice and that too at a lower price.

The participants at the webinar made presentations and showed that the practice was limited only to “extracting organs from the bodies of freshly executed convicts and prisoners of conscience” till the 1980s. However, the practice grew when Chinese President Jiang Zemin began a countrywide crackdown on Falun Gong, a popular organisation whose members believed in living a simple and healthy life through meditation, Yoga-like physical exercise, and abstaining from smoking and drinking alcohol.

Falun Gong prisoners

A participant at the webinar, Jennifer Zeng, who is now a popular TV anchor in the US, recalled her own one-year-long detention in a labour camp of Falun Gong followers. Zeng said that the medical history and blood profile of around 2 million Falun Gong prisoners were conducted and a “national database was prepared for the use of hospitals with organ transplant facilities.”

Another participant Ethan Gutmann said, “By 2002 it had become a common practice that patients from rich countries like Germany could fly into Shanghai and get their liver transplanted within four hours with a fresh liver of perfectly matching blood profile. This simply means that the victims, identified through the blood profile data from the data bank, were picked up from detention centres and supplied to the hospital for organ harvesting.”

Gutmann shared details of satellite imaging of Uyghur detention camps and said that Chinese authorities had established nine new crematoriums attached to each camp in 2018.

“I wonder why they needed crematoriums for their Muslim subjects who are supposed to be only buried after death?” Ethan Gutmann said and claimed that Chinese authorities burn the bodies to wipe out any trace of the killings after extracting the organs.

Crime against humanity

Recalling his days as a doctor in Xinjiang, Dr Enver Tohti said that he thought it was normal and good that organs were extracted to save the life of some patients when the liver and kidneys of the executed person were taken out. Tohti further said, “But only after migrating to Britain I realized that it was a crime against humanity.”

“In Urumchi when the local Uyghurs found that a doctor who was an Uyghur and who spoke their own language, then many of them would quietly bring their teenage child to me and ask me to check if any of his organ was taken out during the child’s detention in the Chinese camp,” he recalled.

Dr Tohti further said, “Out of about one hundred such cases, brought to me, I was shocked to discover that in three such cases the boy had surgery marks on his belly and one of his kidneys was missing.”

Voices Against Autocracy report cited the case of a teenager who went out to throw garbage but did not come back for days. “Finally, his mutilated dead body with vital organs missing was discovered a few kilometres away from home,” said the report.

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