Chinese authorities have been challenged by the European Parliament to halt the systematic killing of political prisoners and the harvesting of their organs for profit.
The parliament has passed a resolution condemning “state-sanctioned organ harvesting from... prisoners of conscience in the People’s Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners”.
The resolution calls on member states to publicly condemn the practice, and ensure all of those involved are prosecuted.
“This resolution has sent a loud message to the Chinese communist regime that such crimes against humanity are unacceptable by members of civilised societies,” Falun Dafa Information Centre spokesman, Erping Zhang said.
Although involuntary organ harvesting is illegal under Chinese law, a 1984 regulation made it legal to remove organs from executed criminals with the prior consent of the criminal or permission of relatives.
Since then, there has been a number of reports that political dissidents are being murdered and their organs removed for sale abroad.
In Mar 2006, a woman divulged that as many as 4,000 Falun Gong practitioners had been killed for their organs at the hospital in which she had worked.
One week later, a Chinese military doctor claimed such atrocities were taking place in 36 different concentration camps throughout China.
In Jul 2006, the former US secretary of state for Asia Pacific, David Kilgour, and human rights lawyer David Matas, published a report which concluded that “ the allegations are true”.
In 2008, Israel banned transplant tourism largely in response to evidence emerging about organ harvesting in China. On Dec 6, 2013, Canadian MP Irving Cotler introduced a law aimed at preventing Canadians from obtaining organs that were not willingly donated.
In the US, the House of Representatives is working on a resolution condemning organ harvesting in China.
“Investigators say between 45,000 and 65,000 Falun Gong practitioners have been killed so their organs could be sold for profit. This must be stopped. It’s an affront to all of humanity,” said Mr Zhang.
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