Killed for Organs: China’s Secret State Transplant Business

"We call it a new form of evil in the world.

It's never been done by any government in the past, to take a large group of its ownpeople and say, 'We're going to kill you, without any kind of a trial, and we are goingto sell your vital organ parts.

'" "An individual from the United States orCanada, for example, could anticipate undergoing transplantation on a specified date.

" "It's a crime against humanity.

It'sabhorrent and it needs to stop.

" Killed for Organs: China's Secret State Transplant Business "If you're going to go to China and you'regoing to get a liver transplant during the three weeks you are there, then that means someone is going to go schedule an execution, blood type and tissue type the potential executee, and have them ready to go before you need to leave.

" "Starting at the end of 1999 the numberof transplants taking place just exploded.

" China carries out more organ transplant surgeriesthan any country besides the United States.

But unlike other countries, China has no effectiveorgan donation program.

That's because culturally, Chinese people believe the body must stayintact even after death.

China's Deputy Minister of Health, HuangJiefu, has suggested that there are 7,000 transplants every year from the deceased.

And that more than 90% come from executed prisoners.

The number of criminal executions in Chinais classified as a state secret, but Amnesty International's estimate is about 1,700.

"The numbers just didn't add up.

Thereis just too large of a discrepancy there.

" With only 1,700 executed criminals and noeffective donation system, where do the rest of the organs come from? Zhao Shuhuan was put in a Chinese labor campbecause she practices Falun Gong.

"Every labor camp I went to, they wouldgive us a physical exam.

They would take our blood and test it.

Every labor camp did the same thing.

" "We estimate that in the period between2000 and 2005, there were 41,500 transplants which have no other explained source.

" "I am absolutely convinced that over a longperiod from 1999 onwards, organ harvesting from prisoners has been taking place, especially of Falun Gong.

" "The policewoman took us the hospital affiliatedwith the Masanjia Labor Camp, and I understood they were testing our urine and our blood for liver function.

" "Doctors would come into the camps.

Theywould look in their eyes, they would examine their organs with ultrasound and the like,and they were the only people in these camps who were medically examined thoroughly.

" In 2006, two Canadians, international humanrights lawyer David Matas and former Secretary of State for Asia Pacific David Kilgour started to investigate allegations of forced organ harvesting in China.

They found at least 52 points of circumstantialevidence, including websites of Chinese hospitals offering matching organs in less than a week.

"It's just not possible unless you havean unlimited source of organs.

And these are people who are alive.

We are talking aboutlive donors.

The actual transplant surgery itself was the form of execution.

These wereliving people that were killed for their organs.

" "It makes you think of some grotesque restaurant,where you go in and you pick your lobster in a tank.

But these are human beings we'retalking about.

" "The military is making money off of it,the hospitals are making money off of it, the middlemen are making money off of it.

And we talk about money; we're talking about a multi-million dollar operation.

" Journalist and author Ethan Gutmann decidedto carry out his own independent investigation.

"We had witnesses of disappearances, peoplewho had been examined and had disappeared, busloads, entire prison wards which had beenemptied out.

The signs began to look like something much, much bigger.

" Like Tibetans and house Christians, millionsof Falun Gong practitioners are being persecuted in China for their beliefs.

In 1999, CommunistParty leader Jiang Zemin issued orders to "Break them financially, ruin their reputations,and destroy them physically.

" Since then, thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have disappeared without a trace.

"What happened to the [people who] disappeared?As far as we know, they are still there in these camps and many of them have been killedthrough organ harvesting, but the rest are still there.

And they're the organ data bank for China.

" "Around 1999, there were around 150 transplantcenters.

Six or seven years later they had 600 transplantation centers.

This is an increaseof 300% within such a short period of time without an organ donation program.

" "Military hospitals get watched in China.

There's nothing they can do without the Party Central taking note of what they'redoing.

Was this run by triads? No.

This was run by the state.

This was murder and it came from the state.

" "This is a crime against humanity.

We shoulddo our best to identify those specific individuals who are engaged in this, and put them on thelist of people who deserve to be brought to justice.

" "In 2006 when this came out and we realizedthat they were killing prisoners of conscience for their organs, it was doctors that tookthe front line in trying to stop this.

" "Every day, there are a dozen people thatare executed or killed for organs in China.

So we have to bring out the message.

We haveto inform medical doctors to stop this practice.

" But it's not only the medical communitythat's getting informed.

The US State Department mentioned allegations of forced organ harvestingin its annual human rights report on China in 2011 for the first time.

On October 3rd, 106 U.

S.

Congressional representativessigned this bipartisan "Dear Colleague" letter to the State Department, demandingthey reveal information on organ harvesting that they may have obtained from their sourcesin China.

"This barbaric human rights abuse must bestopped, but to stop it we first have to further expose it.

" And with even more petitions circulating online,the issue is starting to get worldwide attention.

But more needs to be done.