THE HUMAN MEAT MARKET: ILLEGAL ORGAN TRAFFICKING IN CHINA

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“I want to find a persecutor and ask him face to face: “Why have you killed so many innocent Falun Gong practitioners? What are you thinking? Why persecute Falun Dafa?” So declared Mr. Lakesh, an Indian Australian, who had joined Falun Dafa practitioners on June 6, 2015, in Sydney, Australia’s Chinatown to help expose the brutal 16-year persecution of the Falun Gong in China, after  several Australian TV stations aired the award-winning documentary, “Human Harvest” in April. (by Hua Qing, Minghui.org).

While selling fallacies, Jiang’s group also utilizes modern technologies and the national propaganda machine that it controls to filter and block the spread of the facts about Falun Gong. On one hand, during the early stages of the suppression of Falun Gong, they destroyed numerous books, audiotapes and videotapes about Falun Gong teachings to prevent people from understanding what Falun Gong is. On the other hand, they blocked all overseas websites that publish Falun Gong facts, especially those run by Falun Gong practitioners.

They have employed an army of Internet police to monitor the Internet and persecute Falun Gong practitioners who risk their lives to spread the truth about Falun Gong. People have been jailed for merely sending a single email regarding Falun Gong. (One example is Mr. He Lizhi, the husband of Canadian resident Zhang Li). These practitioners may die of brutal beatings simply because they sent New Year’s greeting cards that carry the words, “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” (One example is Falun Gong practitioner Mr. Liu Jie from Helongjiang province.) They may be brutally tortured to death as a result of tapping into the TV system to tell the truth about Falun Gong that cannot be publicized via normal channels. (One example is Mr. Liu Chengjun.) This tight information control is unprecedented and has covered up the Jiang group’s bloody persecution of Falun Gong.  As a result, most Chinese did not know about the persecution at all; many people don’t even believe that persecution as brutal as that mentioned above could even happen in modern China.

It did. And, it is still happening, despite China’s revival and re-emergence into a world leader in the global economy in the BRICs alliance. There is no doubt that this brilliant partnership of nations that is growing and thriving is of vital importance to the world and all its inhabitants as a whole. It will provide a salvation from the debt-based enslavement of the bankrupt Trans-Atlantic system, which promises to drag down the entire global economy when it sinks under the turbulent waters it itself has deliberately created.

Within the first year, Indonesia and Malaysia joined the BRICS alliance. The BRICS market grew almost exponentially, not only in production and consumption, but also in research, especially for alternative, renewable sources of energy – a policy promised by the BRICS Presidents at their Press Conference in Paris on New Year’s Eve 2014. Freedom from fossil fuels meant also political autonomy and a path towards real democracy and well-being. Food self-sufficiency for the BRICS and their allies will be achieved from day one. The West won’t be able to jack up the prices for food commodities (markets crashed, lack of speculative capital). This will reduce the price of food worldwide. At the same time, the people in the West won’t be able to consume as much as they did before 2014, making the food available to the whole non-western world at bargain prices. Indeed, despite the soaring prices of food in the West, according to the UN, the food supply is at a 5-year high.

But the continuing persecution of the Falun Gong, as well as other political dissidents, and the persistence of the great firewall of China, mars the hope and vision of this ‘New China’. And, the people of China.

Background: By the end of 2000—a year and a half after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched the suppression of Falun Gong—the campaign had failed to garner support among many of the CCP’s rank and file. Then-CCP leader Jiang Zemin had toured southern provinces earlier in 2000 hoping to shore up more endorsement for the campaign among local leaders. Meanwhile, public support more broadly had waned. On January 23, 2001, five individuals allegedly set themselves on fire in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The entire scene was caught on camera from multiple angles. Within hours, state-controlled media was flooded with reports that the self-immolators were Falun Gong practitioners. These reports included grisly footage of the victims, portraying Falun Gong teachings as directly responsible for the tragedy.

The Problem: In the weeks following the event, a wealth of evidence uncovered (including a Washington Post article finding that two of the self-immolators never practiced Falun Gong) indicates the entire incident was staged. Yet, while people inside China had no access to this information, the Chinese state-run media continued a blitz campaign to portray the “self-immolators” as Falun Gong practitioners. People across China changed from respecting and sympathizing with Falun Gong to becoming infuriated with and attacking the practice. Hate crimes targeting Falun Gong practitioners increased and the CCP escalated its persecution with intensified arrests, torture, killing, and forced organ harvesting.

Why It Matters: With 70-100 million practicing Falun Gong in China, by 1999 the traditional discipline was largely a household name and a respected one at that. The staged “self-immolation,” however, changed all that, and to this day remains the single most influential factor in garnering disgust, hatred, or fear toward Falun Gong among the Chinese people. The resulting apathy or hostility toward Falun Gong in China has greatly facilitated the regime’s attempt to eradicate the practice, and is a primary cause for the tens of thousands of reports of abuse and torture.

70-100 million – Number of Falun Gong practitioners practicing in China before July, 1999. While some have attributed the estimate to Falun Gong sources, the number actually originates from the Chinese authorities and was cited on multiple occasions by Western media outlets such as the New York Times and Associated Press prior to the ban in July 1999. Shortly after the launch of the persecution, the Chinese regime shrank the estimate dramatically to 2 million as part of its propaganda campaign and a means of downplaying the scale of violations. 20-40 million – Estimated number of people in China practicing Falun Gong in 2009. In May 2009, Falun Gong’s main Chinese-language website, Minghui.org, reported that approximately 200,000 underground “materials sites” exist across China. Materials sites are places where Falun Gong practitioners print leaflets, produce DVDs, etc. the content of which unveils the persecution and debunks anti-Falun Gong propaganda. These sites are operated at a grassroots level across China and usually located in the back-room of a private residence. Each site provides materials to 100-200 Falun Gong practitioners, who then distribute the materials in their locales. These numbers indicate 20-40 million Falun Gong practitioners are actively working to expose the wide-spread suppression they face in China. How many more people are practicing Falun Gong in China and yet do not take part in this form of peaceful resistance is not known.

450,000-1 million Falun Dafa practitioners are estimated to be held in labor camps, prison camps and in other long-term detention facilities at any given time, as calculated by independent researcher Ethan Gutmann. (figure as of 13 Nov 2011)

87,000 reports of torture against Falun Dafa adherents-reported, mind you–that have emerged from China since 1999.

hina consistently denied the allegations [3] until the evidence became too overwhelming.40,000-65,000 practitioners have been estimated have been killed for their organs, fueling a booming organ transplantation business in China. These estimates are drawn from two separate independent reports, one being the famous David Kilgour (Former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific) and David Matas (renowned human rights attorney), and the other reports from author, investigative journalist and China specialist, Ethan Gutmann.

In the Kilgour-Matas report, later published in an updated version as a book, “Bloody Harvest, The killing of Falun Gong for their Organs” [1] they concluded “there has been,and continues today to be,large-scale organ seizures from unwilling Falun Gong practitioners.” [2] C

Amazingly, the initial report received a mixed reception. In the US, a Congressional Research Service report by Dr. Thomas Lum stated that the Kilgour–Matas report relied largely on logical inference, without bringing forth new or independently-obtained testimony; the credibility of much of the key evidence was said to be questionable.[3] U.N. special rapporteur Manfred Nowak said in March 2007 that the chain of evidence Kilgour and Matas were documenting showed a “coherent picture that causes concern”,[6] which the United Nations Committee Against Torture followed up in November 2008 with a request for “a full explanation of the source of organ transplants”, to investigate the claims of organ harvesting, and to take measures to prosecute those committing abuses.[7] Investigations by Ethan Gutmann and European Parliament Vice President Edward McMillan-Scott generally supported the findings of the Kilgour–Matas report.[8] Gutmann estimated that between 450,000 to 1 million Falun Gong members were detained at any given time, and estimated that tens of thousands may have been targeted for organ harvesting.[9]

This heinous crime, however, proved to be the downfall of the Chinese Communist Party in China, however. Once the extent and nature of these atrocities became known, and the depth of the CPC’s denials–the self-immolation was a CPC hoax–the people of China became outraged and began filing petitions, demonstrating and demanding the removal of Jiang Zemmin from office and leaving the country to quit the CPC. Millions have resigned from the Party, and the perpetrators of these vile crimes are being prosecuted. Still, there is much evidence to support the fact that the illegal harvesting persists, and will so long as it is profitable, and there is a Communist presence in China.

Organ Trade involving inner human organs (heart, liver, kidneys, etc.) for transplantation is a thriving global trade. As of 2011, 90,000 people were estimated to be waiting for a new organ.[10] There is a worldwide shortage of [legal] organs for transplantation,[11] yet commercial trade in human organs was at one point illegal in all countries except Iran. Needless to say, the problem is endemic, and accurate data is difficult to obtain. Reports of children being kidnapped and murdered for their organs is common, as is poor people in impoverished nations not only being forced to sell their organs to pay onerous debts, but being cheated out of the remuneration after doing so. Not only that, but they are often left too ill and weakened by the operation due to poor or nonexistent follow-up care to make a living and become permanently disabled.

Several solutions have been put forward to both increase the amount of legally available organs, and stop the flow of illegal trafficking around the globe. Policies of presumed consent have been successful in various countries such as Brazil, the United States, and several nations of Europe. These policies can be either opt-in, or opt-out. In a nation with an opt-out policy, consent for organ donation is presumed upon death, although one can choose not to donate by submitting documentation. Therefore, you now are subject not only to having your wedding ring and gold teeth snatched by the undertaker after death, but also any valuable bits and pieces of your body that happens to take his fancy. I do believe I will have a Viking funeral, Christian or not.

Presumed consent programs cut down on organ trafficking in many ways. These laws help increase the amount of available organs, decreasing the reliance of the medical industry on the black market. At the same time, the increased amount of organs cuts the financial cost of a transplant, decreasing the need for “medical tourism” [12] the practice of traveling to another country to secure a needed transplant operation.

However, China has had an organ transplantation programme since the 1960s. It is one of the largest organ transplant programmes in the world, peaking at over 13,000 transplants a year in 2004. Involuntary organ harvesting is illegal under Chinese law, although under a 1984 regulation it became legal to remove organs from executed criminals with the prior consent of the criminal or permission of relatives. By the 1990s, growing concerns about possible ethical abuses arising from coerced consent and corruption led medical groups and human rights organizations to start condemning the practice. These concerns resurfaced in 2001, when The Washington Post reported claims by a Chinese asylum-seeking doctor that he had taken part in organ extraction operations, and eventually exposed the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners as you have already read. Obviously, any similar program involving remuneration will be abused. There are no easy answers to this problem.

Transplant surgery is a big business in the United States, with several large, expensive transplant centers in different parts of the United States, and many highly skilled transplant surgeons employed in them. The same in other highly-industrialized nations. It has been suggested that transplants are prescribed for conditions for which transplantation provides only a temporary gain in quality of life, and often, the patients reject their new organs and require a second or even third transplant. Too, the uncomfortable question must be asked–is it morally ethical for a 75-80 years old person to receive a transplant while a younger person, say a child or teen is left waiting? Shouldn’t there be a point where one faces the end of life philosophically? Should such morally and ethically laden issues as transplants that could involve such critical life-and-death issues for both patient and donor be economic issues at all? And, goes right to the deepest question of all: Should there even be medicine for profit, when it is probable that poor people will be denied life-saving procedures such as transplants, and even become victims of illegal organ harvesting themselves?

Humans are rapidly being relegated into merchandise by an uncaring State that sees us only in terms of our ability to serve them and their needs, Kissinger had not a twinge of conscience as he wrote up his infamous national directive 200, suggesting there were seven nations that were breeding too quickly and were too costly to b e supported by the world’s global economy, and therefore should be eliminated. It was raison d’etat…the will  of the State, and to him and to the Communists, it alone is the highest morality, allowing anything and everything they the masters chose to exact its will.

China did not become communist by a great and glorious “people’s revolution”, no more than Russia did, nor did Hitler rise up to power on the will of the people. He got less than 48% of the popular vote. No, the citizens of those nations were betrayed and railroaded into communism and socialism. In the case of China, it was deception and sabotage of Chang Kai  Shek’s nationalist Army that did the trick:

This State Department clique employed several tactics to advance Chinese communism. Among the chief: claiming Mao’s followers weren’t communists, but merely “agrarian reformers.” Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto had commanded: “Workers of the world, unite!” But since China had little industry, Chinese communists made farmers their focus.professor Kenneth A. Colgrove testified that Owen Lattimore informed him that “Chinese Communists under Mao Tse-tung were real democrats and that they were really agrarian reformers and had no connection with Soviet Russia.”The aforementioned John Carter Vincent referred to Mao and his followers as “so-called Communists.” Raymond Ludden, another in the State Department clique, reported that “the so-called Communists are agrarian reformers of a mild democratic stripe more than anything else.”In 1943, T. A. Bisson wrote in Far Eastern Survey: “By no stretch of the imagination can this be termed ‘communism’; it is, in fact, the essence of bourgeois democracy applied mainly to agrarian conditions.”The State Department’s John P. Davies told Washington: “The Communists are in China to stay. And China’s destiny is not Chiang’s but theirs.” An additional tactic: portraying Chiang Kai-shek and the Nationalists as “fascists,” “reactionary,” and “corrupt.” General Wedemeyer conveyed this matter’s reality:Although the Nationalist Government of China was frequently and derisively described as authoritarian or totalitarian, there was a basic difference between it and its Communist enemies, since the Kuomintang’s ultimate aim was the establishment of a constitutional republic, whereas the Communists want to establish a totalitarian dictatorship on the Soviet pattern. In my two years of close contact with Chiang Kai-shek, I had become convinced that he was personally a straightforward, selfless leader, keenly interested in the welfare of his people, and desirous of establishing a constitutional government.While some corruption undoubtedly existed in the Nationalist regime, Wedemeyer insightfully noted that corruption existed in all governments, including ours. For China, a conspiracy on the U.S. side compounded this. Their government offices displaced by Japan’s invasion, the Nationalists had to rely on paper currency. Runaway inflation threatened China’s economy. To stabilize the situation, Chiang Kai-shek requested a loan of U.S. gold. President Roosevelt approved, but the gold shipments were delayed and withheld by Assistant Treasury Secretary Harry Dexter White, long since proven to be a Soviet agent. This collapsed China’s currency. One can understand why some Chinese officials, forced to accept salaries paid in worthless money, turned to corruption..

What was the crime of Falun Dafa practitioners? Truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. They were bringing back hope, faith and the soul of the individual to China. The ultimate quest of Falun Dafa, as in true Christianity, is to find your “original self”, the person that God created before you were corrupted by the carnality and evil of the world, purifying your spirit and raising your inner virtue to perfection. That was Jesus’ teachings, if Christians were to read his message, not to throw themselves at his feet and let him do all the work. No, like Falun Dafa teaches us, The course of enlightenment or Christianity is a journey, not a destination. And Jiang Zemmin could not have millions of Chinese escaping from under the brutal fist of fear and submission that were the Communist Party’s weapons of control. He failed through his own brutality, and in Russia, Germany, Latin America, the socialists and communists have found you cannot crush the human spirit, you cannot subjugate it with slogans and you cannot eradicate God, because He is part of us all.

The present order is dying, and all their allies with them. They cannot stand against their own fallacies and evil. By their own nature, they will destroy themselves through their own error of judgement–that all men are as warped and evil as they are. Their crimes are being exposed by the truth-seekers, such as this illegal organ trade. Righteous people are even now taking up the call to have this vile trafficking eliminated and the perpetrators brought to justice. Evil cannot exist in the light of truth. If you do nothing more than write a letter to your Congressman or Senators when human rights are outrages, you have fought the beasts that have sought to sell us like meat on the open market.

  1. David Kilgour, David Matas. “The First Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China” (http://organharvestinginvestigation.net/report20060796.htm)Retrieved 27 April 2010
  2. CTV.ca News Staff (6 July 2006) “Chinese embassy denies organ harvesting report” (http://web.archive.org/web/20060711235058/http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060/organ_report060706/20060706?hun=Canad),CTV.ca Retrieved 8 July 2006
  3. Canadian Press (7 July 2006) “Report claims China kills prisoners to harvest organs for transplant” (http://web.archive.org/web/20070312101533/http://www.canada.com/topics/news/world/story.html?id=432dfdf7-9767-46b9-a210-65ff388d823f&k=17423),canada.com Retrieved 8 July 2006
  4. Thomas Lum (11 August 2006). “Congressional Research Report #RL33437) (http:’’www.usembassyit/pdf/other/RL33437.pdf)(PDF). usembassy.it
  5. .CTV.ca News Staff (6 July 2006) “Chinese embassy denies organ harvesting report” (http://web.archive.org/web/20060711235058/http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060/organ_report060706/20060706?hun=Canad),CTV.ca Retrieved 8 July 2006
  6. “An Interview with UN Special Rapporteur on Organ Harvesting in China” (http://www.david-kilgour.com/2007/Dec_03_2007_01a.htm).David-kilgour.com.12 March 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  7. United Nations Committee Against Torture, CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES UNDER ARTICLE 19 OF THE CONVENTION: Concluding observations of the Committee against Torture (http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cat/docs/CAT.C.CHN.CO.4.pdf),Forty-First session, Geneva,3-21 November 2008
  8. Ethan Gutman. “China’s Gruesome Organ Harvest. The whole world isn’t watching. Why not?” (http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/824qbcjr.asp). Weekly Standard. (http://www.weeklystandrd.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/015/824qbcjr.asp).Weekly Standard. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  9. Julia Duin (27 April 2010) “Chinese accused of vast trade in organs” (http:// www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/apr/27/chinese-accused-of-vast-trade-in-organs/?page=all). The Washington Times.
  10. http://reason.com/archives/2011/11/11/the-case-for-legal-organ-sales
  11. “Experts warn against organ trade” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6240307.stm) BBC News. 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2008-02-18
  12. Glaser, Sheri R. (2007) “Formula to Stop the Illegal Organ Trade: Presumed Consent Laws and Mandatory Reporting Requirements for Doctors” (http://www.wcl.american.edu/hrbrief/12/2glaser.pdf?rd=1) (PDF). Human Rights Brief.

 

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