Former Miss World and Human Rights Advocate Testifies at Australian Inquiry into Human Organ Trafficking Crimes

July 1, 2018 Last Updated: July 1, 2018

Human rights advocate and Canadian-Chinese actress Anastasia Lin testified on June 8 to an Australian parliamentary committee that is investigating organ trafficking and organ transplant tourism.

Lin said as she conducted research for the roles she plays in her film roles, the extent of state-sanctioned human rights violations in China’s organ supply chain became apparent to her in her interviews with victims or religious persecution.

“Transplant abuse in China is a deeply ingrained systematic state-sanctioned crime,” she said.

“Unlike anywhere else in the world, the abuse occurs within the very institutions that are meant to instil confidence and trust—the hospitals.”

Lin joined other human rights advocates on the day in calling for the Australian government to do more to question the source of organs that have been used by China’s organ transplant system, which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) maintains have come from voluntary donors since 2015, and previously from executed prisoners.

Lin also brought up the ‘Real Bodies’ exhibition that is currently on display in Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter.

“Closely connected to the crime of organ harvesting is that of overseas plastination exhibitions of bodies and organs,” Lin said.

“While it may be outside the scope of this inquiry, it would be remiss of us not to mention it.

“Yes, there is limited visual, firsthand evidence of organ harvesting taking place, simply for the reason that the victims are killed in the process, yet large numbers have seen the plastinated bodies from China on display in Australia right now.

“These are human bodies and they were human beings who once lived and breathed. Furthermore, plastinated body parts from China have been sold to medical schools and universities throughout the Western world.

“Plastination gives immediate, widespread and publically visible reality to the abuse that is perhaps tens of thousands of times bigger,” she told the hearing.

Tom Zaller, president of Imagine Exhibitions, revealed to TimeOut Sydney that the plastinated Chinese bodies that were imported to Australia to be put on display were processed in China between 2000-2004 and are not recent corpses. This was around the time when the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners was at its peak, and before any regulations in China had made it more difficult to import or export plastinated bodies.

Zaller told AAP that he is aware that people have ethical concerns about the bodies on display, but he said the corpses had been “inspected by health departments in countless countries” and “there’s no foul play,”  Newscorp reported.

Similar exhibits showing plastinated human bodies have been barred in France, Israel, the United States, and most recently in Prague, reported the New York Times. Given the public outcry, the Czech Republic has since amended its laws to prevent any future body exhibits from proceeding without proper consent from the deceased or their family.