Many countries have taken action to stop the practice of organ harvesting. Many people have heard about these atrocities.
Recently, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives, hosted a hearing on May 12, 2022, urging a stop to the atrocity of forced organ harvesting by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The European Parliament passed a resolution on May 5, 2022, expressing their “serious concerns” over the ongoing, systematic, inhumane, and state-sanctioned harvesting of organs from Chinese dissidents, especially Falun Gong practitioners.
The tourism for organ transplants towards China increased rapidly after 1999. But who is behind this lucrative business, this human rights atrocity? and how has he been able to use the structure of an entire country to carry it out?
Facts on the reason for the Chinese government’s suppression of Falun Dafa
For about 30 years, Falun Gong has been smeared by China’s media. According to the website Minghui, Falun Gong practitioners have been arbitrarily kidnapped, detained, and tortured.
Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a Chinese traditional practice that teaches truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. Two fundamental components of this practice are the teachings for self-improvement, and mild exercise and meditation to improve health and achieve well-being.
Those who practice Falun Dafa report increased energy, mental sharpness, and stress reduction as soon as they start to practice it. Moreover, many Falun Dafa adherents believe that they have found a spiritual path that is truly gratifying.
Despite the positive changes people experienced, Communist Party top officials saw Falun Gong’s spiritual belief as incompatible with the atheist ideology.
In 1996, Chinese state-controlled media began to attack Falun Gong in coordinated campaigns. The objective was to put public opinion against the practice.
The Ministry of Public Security issued an order to investigate Falun Gong, but it found no evidence of wrongdoing. In 1998, several senior officials conducted another detailed investigation and concluded that practicing Falun Gong led to only benefits and no harm.
Nevertheless, allies of CCP leader Jiang Zemin continued to harass and defame practitioners through the media.
On April 25, 1999, Jiang Zemin gave an order to use the entire army to urgently deploy an anti-Falun Gong campaign. Moreover, on June 10, 1999, Jiang Zemin and Luo Gan established the 610 Office, a Gestapo-like agency to persecute Falun Gong.
Ethan Gutmann, a senior research fellow at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, wrote a report and mentioned a survey by China’s Public Security Bureau. According to the survey, over 70 million Chinese were practicing Falun Gong by July 20, 1999.
Therefore, as reported by Minghui, the Chinese government officially started to suppress Falun Gong on July 20, 1999. Furthermore, China’s Central Military Commission held six special meetings on “handling foreign-related religious issues,” primarily focusing on Falun Gong, from 1999 to 2006.
In a phone call, Liang Guanglie the former Defense Minister and member of the Central Military Commission admitted that China’s military held the meeting with military hospitals. They discussed the detention and harvesting of the organs of the practitioners.
The lucrative organ harvesting business has become Jiang Zemin’s tacit approval. The military began harvesting organs from live practitioners to achieve Jiang Zemin’s persecution goal of “physical elimination.”
Chinese language media outlet Kanzhongguo cited Ethan Gutmann in a Congressional hearing on May 12. According to Ethan, the Chinese government may be killing up to 50,000 concentration camp victims each year in order to sell their organs.
Ethan also noted that each healthy person killed to extract organs could yield two or three organs. It implies that the Chinese regime could sell up to 150,000 organs from these victims each year.
According to Minghui, China and the world have created a network of organ trading. In fact, 85% of the world’s living organ transplants have been from China since 2000.
In March 2020, China Tribunal released the final judgment. In the report, they said that Falun Gong practitioners have been one and probably the main source of organ supply in China on a large scale.
The crimes against humanity to Falun Gong practitioners include murder, imprisonment, torture, sexual violence, persecution on racial, national, ethnic, cultural, or religious grounds, and enforced disappearance.
China’s former Minister of Health Commission confirmed that Jiang Zemin ordered the organ harvesting
According to Minghui, the International Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong released an investigation report on this matter with Bai Shuzhong, former Minister of Health Commission in China.
On the phone, Bai Shuzhong, confirmed that the order to harvest organs from live Falun Gong practitioners came from Jiang Zemin, then-Chairman of the military.
Bai Shuzhong: It was Chairman Jiang at that time!
He said there was an order and said that doing these things was “transplanting organs”.
Bai Shuzhong: Later, Chairman Jiang, (I) heard there was an instruction document, about people selling kidneys for transplant surgeries. This, I should say, was not just the military, which was doing kidney transplants.
Investigator: We also obtained some intelligence, that is to say back then, the Joint Logistics Departments (of the Military Regions) had detained a number of Falun Gong people as live donors, is that true?
Bai Shuzhong: This, this is back then, ah, I think, at least this is how I remembered, because back then after Chairman Jiang issued the order, we all did a lot of work against the Falun Gong practitioners.
Investigator: Do you have any direct relationship between you and these joint logistics divisions 1 and 2, including the 40th division of the joint logistics, the military hospitals they are in charge of?
Bai Shuzhong: We directly control the military medical universities, they are directly affiliated with the PLA General Logistics Department, and they received repeated orders, because Jiang paid a lot of attention to this matter back then, and put a lot of emphasis on this matter.
Investigator: Who takes this issue seriously?
Bai Shuzhong: Jiang, it was when Jiang was in power.
According to Apollo News, Bai Shuzhong served as Minister of Health from 1998 to 2004, during Jiang Zemin’s tenure.
Wang Zhiyuan, Chairman of the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, considers this crime an unrestricted war without gunpowder smoke.
How much money did the Chinese government earn from its organ harvesting and transplantation business?
According to Shi Bingyi, Director of the Organ Transplantation Center of the PLA, the net profit brought to the army by organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners in 2005 alone was nearly 4.5 billion yuan (672 million dollars), not including profits from drugs, surgeries, and other sources.
He said that in 2005, the payment for a kidney transplant was around 400,000 yuan (60,000 dollars), whereas the payment for a liver was 700,000 yuan ( 104,000 dollars). Hearts and lungs were more expensive at more than 150,000 dollars.
The “Report on the Investigation of the CCP’s Organ Harvesting from Living Falun Gong Practitioners” cited Shi Bingyi that about 90,000 transplant cases until 2005.
In addition, as Minghui reported, Sichuan’s PLA 452 hospital was able to recover its full facilities, equipment, and management right after retrieving a total of 7 million yuan (1 million dollars) in 2007. Some other hospitals have followed this practice.
The report from the European parliament mentions an annual number of 10,000 illicit human organ transplants performed worldwide. The profit is 1 billion EUR (around 1 billion dollars).
In China, some people were promoted to generals due to their achievements in this business.
Experiences from transplant doctors
Minghui reported that investigators called 80 hospitals across China. Among them, 10 acknowledged the organ source is from Falun Gong practitioners, and 10 said that the source of organs is a state secret.
In addition, most transplant doctors were reluctant to learn the true identity and circumstances of the donors. Even if they found out that the donor was still alive, they would just keep performing the surgeries.
According to Minghui, the Chinese government’s words made doctors have no moral conscience or guilt for harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners.
In the “Report on the Investigation of the CCP’s Organ Harvesting from Living Falun Gong Practitioners”, doctors are not too reluctant when talking about organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners. They truly believe that taking organs from a Falun Gong practitioner is not a crime.
Take Tongji hospital in Wuhan as an example. When the investigator called, they said, [quote]”..we hope the kidney suppliers are alive. (We’re) looking for live organ transplants from prisoners. For example, using living bodies from prisoners who practice Falun Gong, Is it possible?”
Some doctors even went to pick young and healthy kidneys, while others said the organs they had were all from Falun Gong practitioners.