Chinese Version of International Organ Transplant Website Reopened

By Ren Zhihui
Ren Zhihui
Ren Zhihui
September 29, 2006 Updated: September 29, 2006

The China International Organ Transplant (CIOT) is a website that solicits patients from the world to go to China to have organ transplant surgeries. The website is in different languages- Chinese, English, Japanese, Russian, and Korean. Its Chinese version website was closed when the organ harvesting in China were exposed several month ago, but now, the website is reopened.

This March, after the exposure of the Chinese government's forced organ removals from living Falun Gong practitioners, the Chinese website was shut down within a matter of weeks. Recently the Chinese site has been resurrected at an awkward time when international opinion is condemning the Chinese government for selling organs from executed people. A notable scholar said the fact that the website continues to solicit customers for organ transplants indicates the Organ Transplant Regulation in China passed this July 1st was a devious lie.

Japanese Owner?

Although the location of CIOT is in China's northeast city Shenyang, it website was registered in December 2003 and is owned by the IPC Group. The legal representative of IPC is a Japanese named Hiroshi Nagase. The website does not state the source of the organs but claims it conforms to the new Organ Transplant Regulation the Chinese government passed on July 1st. The website also acknowledges it depends on the Chinese government to supply the many varieties of organs.

Dr. Wang Wenyi has been paying close attention to the forced organ removal from live people. She thinks that although the IPC Group is a Japanese company, its website looks no different than a Chinese official website, and that the Chinese government, being the real owner, uses a Japanese company as a front because it knows that the organs come from illegal channels. When the illegal and immoral business is finally exposed, the Chinese government thinks it will excape the responsibility, according to Dr. Wang.

Chinese Version of the Website Returns

When the two witnesses exposed the forced labor camps in China removing organs from live Falun Gong practitioners, the world started to pay close attention to the organ transplants operations in China. This scandal involved the police, forced labor camps and hospitals.

Not long after that, the Chinese version of the CIOT website was removed because the content of the website became incriminating evidence showing the Chinese government had a large pool of donors waiting to have their organs removed while they were still alive. This was reported by media all over the world.

The Chinese version of the CIOT website returned online with even more shocking changes to its content. Boastful information on waiting times for organs being less than a month now had also been moved into a more subtle place in the webs text. Dr. Wang said since the use of live organs is illegal, the website was shut down to conceal the short waiting times. The reopening of the Chinese website only reflects the Chinese government thinks that the risk of getting caught is lower now and they can start soliciting for business again.

Previous CIOT Chinese website (screen shot from webpage archive)
Previous CIOT Chinese website (screen shot from webpage archive)

Dr. Wang said the Chinese government still encourages people to travel to China to get organ transplants, which was forbidden by the World Transplant Congress 2006 held in Boston. This also indicates that the Organ Transplant Regulation passed on July 1st banning organ sales was a sham to quiet and deceive the concerned Medical, Human Rights organizations and Governments that have condemned this inhumane practice.

Website Discloses Much More Sensitive Information

The CIOT website lists the waiting time for every organ. In the column of organ supply, it lists the waiting times for liver and kidney transplants as being as short as a week and no longer than a month. Heart and lung transplants can be done in a month. The website also indicates that if the organ didn't match the patient, it could be replaced in a week.

In Japan, the average wait for an organ transplant is five years. Experts said there might be an enormous live organ bank in China, which means there is a large group of people waiting to have their organs removed.

Based on the CIOT website, there have been a total of 85,000 organ transplants done in China as of 2006. In 2005 alone, there were 12,000 organ transplants.

The website also admits that it was because of the support of the Chinese government that this large number of transplant surgeries could be completed. On Oct 9, 1984, the Supreme Court of PRC, Supreme People's Procuratorate of PRC, Ministry of Public Safety of PRC, Ministry of Justice of PRC, Ministry of Health of the PRC, and Ministry of Civil Affairs of the PRC conjointly announced laws to confirm government support of organ donation. The website also emphasizes that this (short organ delivery time) could only happen in China.

Ren Zhihui
Ren Zhihui