China is in news for all wrong reasons these days. Be it the COVID pandemic, its communist regime, its constant tussles with its neighbors, aggressive military tactics, human rights violations, or surreptitious economic maneuvers. Though China does invest heavily in PR exercises, it is getting no respite from bad mouthing across the globe for what appears like an ever-growing list of reasons.
Not that all these things were not known before, but in times of coronavirus pandemic (that originated in China) global citizens are increasingly miffed at the red dragon. Today we will talk about one of the lesser-known fact about China, which may shock you to the core.
Everybody knows that China’s Political, Economical, and Military stature has been on a constant rise in recent years, at the same time lot of noise has been made on its human rights violations, methodical oppression of minorities, and opponents of the regime. However, the cruelest aspect of China’s evil empire is its illegal human trade syndicate, which is unofficially supported by the Chinese Government and Communist Party.
Chinese authorities have been accused of torture, executions, and organ harvesting from tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners, and selling the organs to patients in need of transplants. Repression, ethnic cleansing, and even genocide of minorities living in the Xinjiang province, northwestern China, has also been alleged.
According to numerous testimonies, minority groups – the largest of whom are the Uighur (aka Uyghur) Muslims, who number some 12 million – are suffering restrictions on their rights and liberties, surveillance and privacy invasions, separation of children from parents and forced abortions. It is believed that more than 1 million members of minority groups in Xinjiang are now in “reeducation camps,” which combine violent indoctrination with forced labor, rape and torture.
A number of international researchers and human rights activists say the oppression of minorities in Xinjiang has only grown worse, and that some prisoners are being murdered and their organs have been harvested by the Chinese government.
The Chinese Communist Party [CCP] first experimented with the live organ harvesting of death row criminals on the execution grounds of Xinjiang as early as 1994. By 1997, surgeons were extracting livers and kidneys from Uighur political and religious prisoners for high-ranking CCP cadres – small-scale, but it set a precedent.
Gutmann, 62, authored the 2014 book “The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem,” is co-founder of the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC), a China Studies research fellow at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.
The executions and organ harvesting are not sporadic or local, he says. “China’s transplant volume is 60,000 to 100,000 transplants per year. Beijing has no intention of dismantling its vast transplant infrastructure. Over 15 million Uighurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and Hui have been blood tested, compatible with tissue matching. Over 1 million are in camps. So yes, the CCP has created a policy of ethnic cleansing – a potentially very profitable one,” the American scholar asserts.
China claims to be performing over 20,000 transplants annually, sourced exclusively from voluntary donors, the figures appear to have been falsified, since they conform extraordinarily close to a simple mathematical function, and because of numerous artifacts throughout the data sets that are indicative or otherwise inexplicable except for human manipulation.
There is a direct connection between the mass incarceration of Uighurs in Xinjiang and the rise in organ transplants. “Over the last couple of years – during the same period organ transplants from ‘volunteers’ are claimed to have grown rapidly. As per several reports, over a million Uighurs have been incarcerated in detention camps and prisons.
Several reports have emerged of Uighurs being subjected to blood tests and other medical examinations consistent with those required to assess organ health, which is a prerequisite for organ matching and transplantation. There’s a history of the use of prisoners, including non-death row prisoners, for their organs. So in the end, it’s very much about where the burden of proof should reside,
According to Rushan Abbas, the founder and executive director of Campaign for Uyghurs, China has established “organ farms,” where millions of people are forced to undergo DNA testing and are “prepped for slaughter,” she said in a 2019 speech.
At least 25,000 people are murdered every year in Xinjiang and their organs harvested. To streamline the process, he says, the Chinese created “fast lanes” for the movement of human organs in local airports, while crematoria have recently been constructed throughout the province.
The majority of the clients for these organs are wealthy Chinese people, according to Gutmann. But the big profit margins come from medical tourists: Japanese, South Koreans, Germans – and Muslims from the Gulf states. “The theory is that they have a preference for organs taken from people who don’t eat pork,” he explains of the latter group.
Chinese authorities themselves have admitted that until 2015, they harvested organs from death row prisoners after execution, though they never released precise numbers or admitted that these were political prisoners.
China has taken advantage of its power on the world stage to silence criticism, and that international institutions such as the World Health Organization chose in 2016 to present the Chinese transplant industry as a case of successful reform.
Something similar happened few decades back, when during the beginning of the Holocaust, many countries around the world continued to do business with Germany, enabling their economies while millions of innocent people were being attained and held in concentration camps.
Several nations are still working with China and ignoring this shocking facts and blatant violation of Human rights. The time has come to counter the China and expose its horrible and highly inhumane practices.