US Congressmen and NGOs Condemn Organ Harvesting in China

By Angela Wang
Angela Wang
Angela Wang
July 21, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Annette Lantos, wife of late Congressman Tom Lantos, spoke on behalf of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice at a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on July 12, 2012. (Lisa Fan/The Epoch Times)

A hospital run by the Chinese military is located near a re-education camp. The hospital has detailed health records of the detainees, many of whom are prisoners of conscience. When an order for an organ transplant arrives, a doctor selects a healthy inmate from a batch of profiles. Surgeons are called to the scene, where the prisoner of conscience’s organs are removed—while he is still alive.

This scenario is playing out in locations throughout China, according to investigators. Described as “an unprecedented evil on this planet” by Canadian international human rights lawyer David Matas, forced, live organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience was brought to the public’s attention by politicians and representatives of NGOs who spoke at a rally on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol on July 12.

Gregory Treat, a representative from Jubilee Campaign USA, a nonprofit organization which promotes the human rights and religious liberty of ethnic and religious minorities, condemned the Chinese Communist regime for its evil actions, and urged the Chinese people to help the victims.

“Political statements are meaningless while practitioners are subject to widespread organ harvesting, which is a euphemism for violating their rights and the theft of their organs that the authorities need. If there has been any real change, we should recognize that this is mainly due to a Chinese public that recognizes a moral bankruptcy of the Chinese Communist Party and is unlikely to cooperate with the Chinese Communist Party,” said Treat. “All of the people of China are beginning to question a government which claims the right to control every area of human life.”

The “practitioners” that Treat spoke of are Falun Gong practitioners, the largest group of victims of organ harvesting in China, according to research published by David Kilgour and David Matas in their book Bloody Harvest and by Ethan Gutmann in several articles on the subject.

Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that involves doing meditative exercises and living according to the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, was once practiced by at between 70 and 100 million people in the late 1990s in China, according to official Chinese estimates at the time. It has been persecuted by the Chinese Communist regime for more than 13 years. Falun Gong practitioners are the largest group of prisoners of conscience in the world.

Congressional Support

Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) explained how the CCP could launch a religious persecution like that against Falun Gong.

Congressman Ted Poe.
Congressman Ted Poe from Texas condemned the Chinese government persecution against Falun Gong at a rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on July 12, 2012. (Lisa Fan/The Epoch Times)

“Government is designed to serve people, organize a society so people can live freely. It institutes rule of law, and establishes order that protects the innocent and the right to believe what you want. That’s not what the communist government does. It has a different purpose, keeping itself in power to control over people, lives, and minds,” said Representative Poe (R-TX) at the July 12 rally.

Several U.S. congressmen expressed their intention of helping to stop organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese Communist regime.

“Yet as we mark over 60 years since the adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights, it is a travesty that practitioners have been persecuted and tortured, including horrible acts beyond comprehension. According to the most recent State Department’s human rights report, ‘overseas and domestic media and advocacy groups continued to report instances of organ harvesting, particularly from Falun Gong practitioners and Uyghur,'” said Representative Sam Farr (D-CA).

“I will continue to ask in congress to promote peace in persecuted communities and work for a more just world. To fight for human rights and positive change, I will use my thumbprint to support Falun Gong and urge colleagues to support them, and will do so with the White House and the president, urging them to support you as well.”

Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) mentioned that a congressional hearing on the persecution will soon be held.

“There is an enormous amount of respect, especially for those who have suffered so horrifically in China, who have been tortured, maltreated with impunity by the dictatorship that reigns for now in Beijing, because of the work you have done in exposing organ harvesting, the problem of torture, which is practiced with horrible consequences with practitioners, the U.S. government and congress and all aspects of our society stand with solidarity with those victims and with those seeking to liberate the Falun Gong practitioners inside China,” said Congressman Smith.

“I chair The Congressional-Executive Commission on China which is tasked with monitoring and raising and exposing human rights abuses in China. We will be holding, vey soon, a hearing focused exclusively on the Falun Gong and ongoing terrible mistreatment that Falun Gong practitioners have experienced.”

Angela Wang