A team of doctors, lawyers, journalists and parliamentarians from Canada, the European Parliament and the U.S. House of Representatives has condemned China’s lucrative organ-transplant industry.
They added up surgeries at 146 hospitals in China to total between 60,000 and 100,000 per year from 2000 to 2015 — many more than the Chinese yearly official total of 10,000.
The organ “donors” that investigators have documented are primarily imprisoned Tibetans, underground “House Christians” and Uyghurs — the latter of whom are Muslims, some of whom are in conflict with Chinese government.
But the primary source of body parts, such as hearts, livers, kidneys and corneas, are members of the Falun Gong, a meditative-spiritual movement banned in China as a cult. Critics say the Chinese Communist government sees the Falun Gong movement as a challenge to its monolithic-atheistic authority.
Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting is a Washington, D.C.-based organization of physicians and medical personnel that provides information to the medical community and public about unethical and illegal removal of organs taken without free consent of the donor.
The organization was nominated for a 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
The International Coalition to End Organ Pillaging in China recently released an update to Kilgour and Matas’ 2009 report, Bloody Harvest, and an update to U.S. investigative journalist and China expert Ethan Gutmann’s 2014 book, The Slaughter.
This report says up to 100,000 Falun Gong members are prisoners of conscience at any given time.
And those still free, along with Christians, are often harassed by medical teams assessing their organ health and taking blood samples for blood-typing to provide a fast source of compatible organs.