World has 'legal obligation' to confront forced organ harvesting in China, UN told

The United Nations has been warned it has a “legal obligation” to confront forced organ harvesting in China, as witnesses recounted torture and the medical examination of prisoners.   – DUN

The United Nations has been warned it has a “legal obligation” to confront forced organ harvesting in China, as witnesses recounted torture and the medical examination of prisoners.

Today marked the first time that the damning judgement and findings of the Independent China Tribunal was delivered to the UN Human Rights Council. 

the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been accused of “acts of cruelty and wickedness” that match those of “medieval torturers and executioners”. Victims have allegedly had their bodies cut open – some while still alive – for their kidneys, livers, hearts, lungs, cornea and skin to be removed and turned into commodities for sale.” data-reactid=”19″>For more than a decade, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been accused of “acts of cruelty and wickedness” that match those of “medieval torturers and executioners”. Victims have allegedly had their bodies cut open – some while still alive – for their kidneys, livers, hearts, lungs, cornea and skin to be removed and turned into commodities for sale.

However it was reported for the first time following an independent tribunal, which concluded in June, that China is a “criminal state” which, “beyond reasonable doubt” has committed crimes against humanity, acts of torture, and that enemies of the state continue to be medically tested and killed for their organs.” data-reactid=”20″>However it was reported for the first time following an independent tribunal, which concluded in June, that China is a “criminal state” which, “beyond reasonable doubt” has committed crimes against humanity, acts of torture, and that enemies of the state continue to be medically tested and killed for their organs.

The Tribunal Chairman, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, who led the prosecution of Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic at the International Criminal Tribunal, criticised the British government for failing to act.

He said that the British government has “sought to dismiss the allegations without making a judgement based on consideration of known facts and evidence”, thereby enabling it to avoid finding “an inconvenient truth”.

Now, the findings have been presented to the UN in Geneva in a bid to urge all member states to take action. 

Hamid Sabi, Counsel to the China Tribunal, told the Human Rights Council today: “Victim for victim and death for death, cutting out the hearts and other organs from living, blameless, harmless, peaceable people constitutes one of the worst mass atrocities of this century.

“Organ transplantation to save life is a scientific and social triumph. But killing the donor is criminal. […] Government and international bodies must do their duty not only in regard to the possible charge of genocide but also in regard to Crimes Against Humanity, which the tribunal does not consider to be less heinous.”

“It is the legal obligation of UN Member States and the duty of this council to address this criminal conduct.”

His warning comes as global pressure continues to mount on China, with the organ harvesting industry estimated to earn the generate over $1 billion each year.

Followers of Falun Gong, a religious spiritual practice, were “certainly” among those used as a source for “forced organ harvesting” in recent decades – and there was a “risk” that Uighur Muslims have suffered similar treatment, the Tribunal found.

Feng Hollis, who practiced Falun Gong, was arrested in 2005, said that at the time she wondered why she was given a medical test after being tortured in prison. She was given two years of forced labour with no trial and spoke at a separate NGO-hosted event today. 

She told audience members: “The UN and the International Transplant Society should face up to what is revealed in the China Tribunal judgment.”

Ms Hollis said that she was forced to have her body “tested” every three-to-five months while in prison. 

She added: “One day they forced the Falun Gong practitioners to sit on a large coach with the curtains closed. We were forced to put our hands and head on the seat in front. We were then driven

to a hospital near by. 

“The hospital belonged to the re-education system during that time. They forcefully took my blood and put it into many small tubes. They then checked my weight and blood pressure. I was also given a kidney ultrasound examination, chest X-ray, Electrocardiogram and urine test.

“Sometimes, we were not allowed to have breakfast before the body examinations. I was also forced to do labour for long hours whilst I was there. This is a short example of what happened to me.”

Following the Tribunal judgement, the Chinese Embassy released a statement saying: “The Chinese government always follows the World Health Organization’s guiding principles on human organ transplant, and has strengthened its management on organ transplant in recent years.”

The Telegraph revealed that almost 20 children and adults at risk of having their organs harvested  by criminal gangs or authorities have fled to the UK in recent years.” data-reactid=”37″>In June The Telegraph revealed that almost 20 children and adults at risk of having their organs harvested  by criminal gangs or authorities have fled to the UK in recent years.