Harvesting of organs
non-voluntarily is illegal in China. However, organs can be removed from
executed prisoners though this approach is banned in the rest of the world. It has resulted in a lot of illegal
activity and infringement on human rights. A huge number of transplants are
carried out in China every year. In fact, the Falun Gong practitioners, that is
members of a particular spiritual practice, have been targeted in large
numbers. The Chinese government imprisoned members of this practice for their
belief, and harvested their organs for transplantations.
A recent announcement
by the People's
Republic of China stated that the controversial practice of forced harvesting
organs from prisoners would end from January 1, 2015. However, such promises were
made in the past as well, and yet forced organ harvesting
is still being
continued especially on Falun Gong practitioners, as known from overwhelming
evidence for the same.
2012, an international group Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH)
had begun taking signatures on a global petition that called upon the United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to take immediate steps to stop
forced organ harvesting and end the violent persecution of the Falun Gong
. To support this cause, almost two
million people from more than 50 countries and regions all over the world had
signed the petition during the last three years. This petition is also
supported by non-government organizations including the Nonviolent Radical
Party, Transnational and Transparty (NRPTT), and branches of the International
Society for Human Rights (IGFM) and the Society for Threatened Peoples (GfbV).
The huge amount of
concern shown by people and leading non-government organizations proves that
silence is not an option anymore and the United Nations has a sincere moral obligation to
acknowledge and act imperatively upon this crisis.
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3. Skeptical of China's Announcement to End Organ Harvesting? You Should be! Accessed July 9
2015. Available from: http://endorganpillaging.org/skeptical-of-chinas-announcement/
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