US Legislation Introduced in Attempt to Prevent Forced Organ Harvesting in China

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US lawmakers have introduced new legislation to try and prevent the abominable act of forced organ harvesting, as an independent tribunal reported in June 2019 that many Chinese citizens continue to fall victim to the crime of forced organ harvesting and that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) claims to the contrary, are false.

US lawmakers have introduced new legislation to help stop the brutal acts of forced organ harvesting in China.

An independent tribunal reported in June 2019 that numerous Chinese citizens continue to fall victim to the crime of forced organ harvesting and that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) claims to the contrary are entirely false. 

New legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and House, which has the power to revoke or deny the passport of any individual who illegally purchased an organ for transplant; mandate an annual report that would include the identification of any foreign officials involved in the organ harvesting, so that sanctions could be applied to them; and prohibit the exportation of any surgical devices to any of the Chinese entities involved. 

Chris Smith (R-N.J.), the prime sponsor of the one part of the legislation, said:

“Our legislation would empower the U.S. State Department to identify and expose organ harvesters and traffickers across the world with the goal of punishing perpetrators through effective sanctions and travel restrictions. Organ harvesting is an egregiously barbaric and inhumane act that has no place in our world.”

China Organ Harvesting graphic as part of a display by Falun Gong practitioners demonstrating the brutal crimes committed by the CCP against prisoners of conscience. Image: Jeremy Board via Flickr CC BY 2.0)

Huang Jiefu, China’s organ transplant spokesperson, claimed that China stopped using prisoners who were ‘sentenced to death as a source for organs in 2015, saying that they would get the organs from other legitimate sources. However, the number of transplants occurring is still especially high, according to the 2019 independent tribunal report, which concluded that forced organ harvesting in China is still transpiring.

Forced organ harvesting

Researchers have found that the prime targets for transplantations are likely adherents of the Falun Gong. The spiritual discipline based on Chinese traditions emerged as a qigong practice in the early 1990s and became immensely popular throughout China.

On July 20, 1999, Former primer Jiang Zemin banned the practice. With a Gestapo-like agency with extrajudicial powers termed the “610 Office,” he sought to “destroy Falun Gong” and started unprecedented persecution of its adherents.

In 2006, evidence of massive numbers of organ transplants in China emerged, with researchers concluding that Falun Gong adherents are most likely the primary target. 

An undercover phone call in 2016 with the head of the 610 Office Zhu Jaibin in Mudanjiang revealed a shocking reality. He said: “I am called the butcher specializing in live organ harvesting. … It’s nothing, just like slaughtering pigs,” and “after scooping the organs out, I would sell them.”

Although International pressure resulted in the 2015 announcement that China would stop using death row prisoners for organ transplants, the CCP continues to arrest the members and approve live organ harvesting. According to Epoch Times, in November 2020, the L.A. Times allowed China to post an article entitled “China Watch” about how more people signed up to be organ donors through the Red Cross in China.

China’s Red Cross is directly managed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and not independent like the Red Cross of Western countries.

China Daily paid the L.A. Times $340,000 for advertising between June and October 2020, in addition to $111,000 for printing costs from May to October 2020. 

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  • David Wagner is a University of Manitoba graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion in Sociology. He is interested in the psychology of religious and ideological belief and the relationship between religions and the state in totalitarian countries.