The members of this peaceful religion are being persecuted, imprisoned, and then subjected to live, painful organ harvesting.
In recent, horrifying news, top investigators on the matter reported that Chinese prison officials are, in fact, harvesting organs from prisoners, most of which are guilty of only committing the crime of following a certain religion.
Known for its unaccountability in reporting prison populations, organ donations, and general treatment of prisoners, these Chinese prisons have the means to get away with this crime. Though the Chinese government claims to have stopped taking organs from prisoners who have been executed, Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting states that new information shows that the amount of organ donations has increased. If the government did indeed stop taking these prisoner donations, how could the organ count go up? Investigators state that the increase in organs is likely from the unofficial harvesting of live prisoner organs.
As though it weren’t cruel enough that the prisons are taking organs from unwilling donors, it’s reported that these victims are still alive and not under any anesthesia when undergoing this painful process. An exposé titled Human Harvest: China’s Organ Trafficking found that around 11,000 organs came from prisoners without anesthetic each year during the eight year long investigation they conducted. Researcher Katrina Bramstedt told Newsweek,
“It is known that Chinese surgeons perform the removal procedure [on political prisoners] and sometimes the ‘donor’ has still been alive during this process — the organ removal process is what actually kills them.”
For those that survive the process, the documentary Human Harvest revealed that patients were placed in the hospital incinerators to die.
An investigation conducted by the UN in 2008 stated that,
“It is reported that employees of several transplant centers [in China] have indicated that they have used organs from live Falun Gong practitioners for transplants.”
Falun Gong is a religion secretly practiced in China and worldwide that promotes meditation and physical exercise as a way to be mentally and physically sound. Though their religion is peaceful and does not harm anyone or the government, the crime of belonging to any religion at all is what is illegal in China. It is these peaceful people that are so brutally mistreated and killed.
Despite overwhelming evidence stemming from such investigations, China still maintains that they have never been involved these inhumane practices and that any organs received from prisoners are voluntary donations. Since there is no official donor program in China, these organs go undocumented and can be sold on the black market for a hefty price.
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