CCP Sets New Regulations for Corpse Treatment

July 22, 2006 12:00 am Last Updated: July 22, 2006 12:00 am

The “Regulations for Importing and Exporting Corpse and Treatment of Corpse” established by the Chinese Communist authorities will soon be in effect. The regulations state that trading corpses and utilizing corpses for commercial purposes are strictly prohibited.

According to Xinhua News Agency's report on July 15, the new regulations were jointly enacted by nine governmental departments, including the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Ministry of Public Security, and will come into effect on August 1 of this year.

The regulations state that no organization or individual can accept body donations with the exception of medical establishments, medical schools, medical and scientific research institutions, and legal medical and scientific evaluation institutions that have clinical, educational, and scientific research needs. The regulations also mandate that the organization accepting the body is responsible for the interment or funeral arrangements after use.

Bodies imported and exported for the needs of medical and scientific research must be examined and approved according to the “Interim Measures for the Administration of Human Genetic Resources” written and forwarded by General Office of the State Council and the “Rules of the Importing and Exporting Special Articles of Health and Quarantine” formulated by the Ministry of Health and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). Except for the situations stated above, corpses cannot be imported or exported.

BBC reported that human rights groups claimed that organs from executed prisoners in China are usually sold to hospitals without the permission of the prisoners' relatives.

The groups also said that many hospitals in China often secretly remove organs from deceased car accident victims, along with other patients, without the relatives' awareness.

Analysts said that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) established the aforementioned regulations after the Canadian Independent Investigation Group released an independent report, concluding that the allegations that vital organs are being seized from Falun Gong practitioners in China are true. This latest move by the CCP is seen by many as an attempt to cover up its crimes by establishing new rules and regulations.