On June 13, 2016 the House of Representatives passed HR 343, “Expressing concern regarding persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in the People’s Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups.” ) In part, the bill “calls on the United States Department of State to conduct a more detailed analysis on state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in the annual Human Rights Report.” This is a welcome response to a horrific practice.
Newsweek reports that according to The Falun Dafa Association, “[I]n China patients aren’t waiting for organs. Rather, organs are waiting for patients.” This is because executed prisoners provide a constant supply of organs. The international community must continue to voice its strong disapproval of this practice. We look forward to the June 22nd report of David Kilgour, former Canadian Secretary of State, investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann, and Canadian human rights attorney David Matas on China’s organ transplantation industry. It is to their great credit that they are shining a bright light on this troubling issue.
Organ donation is a scientific marvel and a great blessing to those who have received life-saving organs. Executing prisoners of conscience and harvesting their organs is beyond the pale of ethical conduct. It defies human dignity and scandalizes the international community. It needs to stop.