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September 20, 2010

Asianews.it: First conviction for human organ trafficking in Beijing

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Under Chinese law, organ trafficking is not a crime per se; thus, traffickers were convicted for “illegal business operation”. So far, the authorities have tolerated the practice or even used death row prisoners’ organs for transplant.

Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The Haidian District People’s Court in Beijing convicted seven people on human trafficking charges, imposing sentences ranging from two years to seven years eight months. Human organ trafficking is a major problem in China, a practice that includes a price list according to organs. People from around the world come to the mainland for transplants.

The problem is so widespread that organs are offered on the internet, price included. Every year, thousands come from abroad for a transplant in China.

Human rights groups have accused Chinese authorities of allowing trafficking of organs taken from prisoners, for instance, members of Falun Gong. Some go so far as to charge Beijing of keeping thousands of death row prisoners alive until their organs are needed.

May 27, 2010

EU To Crack Down on Organ Trafficking & Organ Tourism

Epoch Times: The EP lawmakers are now seeking tougher measures to prevent its citizens from traveling abroad to receive organ transplants with organs acquired through organ trafficking.

“One can’t speak about organ donation without mentioning the dark side of it,” said German Member of the European Parliament Peter Liese, a major proponent of the directive, and a medical doctor.

“We are completely against any kind of organ tourism.”

Liese has a particular concern about organ tourism to China. “We are very, very worried by the report of David Kilgour and David Matas; there is evidence that Falun Gong practitioners are killed for their organs in China.”

A report published by former Canadian Secretary of State, Hon. David Kilgour and human rights attorney David Matas, concludes that practitioners of Falun Gong in China have been killed in the thousands so that their organs could be sold to both Chinese nationals and foreigners.

“We have concluded that the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in particular hospitals but also detention centres and ‘people’s courts’, since 1999 have put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. Their vital organs, including kidneys, livers, corneas and hearts, were seized involuntarily for sale at high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who normally face long waits for voluntary donations of such organs in their home countries,” concludes the investigation.

Practitioners of Falun Gong comprise two-thirds of the torture victims and half of the people in detention in ‘re-education through labor’ camps across China according to numbers from the United Nations and U.S. State Department.

“I strongly oppose such a behavior to put someone to death just because someone else needs an organ … who are probably coming to Shanghai to get an organ from executed people in China,” said Miroslav Mikolasik, the main rapporteur for the new EP organ transplant regulations.