by Anil Golani on  July 24, 2015 at 3:42 PM Health In Focus
Illegal Forced Organ Harvesting on Prisoners in China
Doctors against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), an international panel of physicians, scholars, and activists met global authorities at the Palais des Nations, Geneva on June 24, 2015, to highlight organ harvesting on prisoners in China and urge the United Nations to investigate the issue.

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.

In 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 practitioners. 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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