An independent tribunal in the UK recently attracted widespread news coverage after announcing a judgment that the Chinese Communist regime is killing its detained citizens for organs.
A 60-page summary of the judgment was released on June 17, 2019, by The Independent Tribunal Into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners Of Conscience in China (the China Tribunal), chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice, a British barrister who was involved with the tribunal for former Yugoslavia.
Victims: People of faith
The China Tribunal has identified specific groups of people of faith among the victims of forced organ harvesting by the atheist Chinese Communist regime.
“Forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale and that Falun Gong practitioners have been one–and probably the main–source of organ supply,” stated the Final Judgment.
Falun Gong, or Falun Dafa as it is also known, is a cultivation system of the Buddha School, which includes four moving exercises, meditation, and the moral teachings of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.
“By the end of the 1990s, the government and former Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin saw Falun Gong’s 70 million adherents as a threat to the CCP and his rule and launched a violent campaign in mid-1999 with the aim of eradicating the practice,” the Tribunal found.
“On the basis of all the evidence on this topic presented to the tribunal, the tribunal concludes, with certainty, that since 1999 the PRC and the CPP regarded practitioners of Falun Gong as unworthy of any of those universal rights that attach to human beings by reason of their humanity, simply to maintain their power and authority over the Chinese people,” the Final Judgement Report said.
It continues, “Coincident with the developing persecution of practitioners of Falun Gong over time has been an enormous, unexplained provision of transplant hospitals in the absence of a voluntary organ donor system.”
The China Tribunal has heard testimony from Matthew Robertson, a Chinese-speaking expert academic and researcher, who described the rapid development of the organ transplantation industry in China post-2000.
“The Chinese government, Robertson explains, has provided no adequate explanation for the source of organs justifying this huge expansion,” states the Final Judgement.
The Chinese transplant industry surged to second largest, only after the United States, despite the fact that China is among the countries with the poorest number of organ donations.
The tribunal also found less evidence about the treatment of Tibetan Buddhists, Uighur Muslims, and House Christians.
Confession of former Chinese doctor
The China Tribunal analyzed the testimony of Enver Tohti, a former Chinese surgeon at a hospital in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in China.
Tohti said that in 1995, he was ordered to harvest the liver and both kidneys from a detained man in the Western Mountain Execution Grounds, who had been shot through the right side of his chest, while wearing civilian clothes and was not shaved as a prisoner should be.
“The skin bled when cut, from which fact Tohti deduced that the victim was still alive,” the Judgement says.
After he fled to the UK in 1999 and heard of reports on forced organ harvesting a few years later, Dr. Tohti realized that he had committed a crime by taking the organs from the detained man in Xinjiang.
Dr. Tohti, who works as an Uber driver in the UK, now dedicates his life to campaigning for the awareness of the forced organ harvesting practice in China, reports Telegraph.
“Everytime I give this account it seems like a confession,” Tohti said to the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defense on July 6, 2017, according to The Journal.
“‘How do the most respected people in society turn into murderers?’ This is the most-asked question to me.”
In order to understand that, you have to understand Chinese society, which has been ruled for decades by the Chinese Communist Party, Dr. Tohti explained. Under the authority, you become a “fully programmed member of society, ready to fullfil the task ahead without asking questions,” Tohti told the committee members.
“And a person like me born into that society, is just like being born straight into a washing machine and getting my brainwashed,” Dr. Tohti said in another testimony to the International Tribunal for Natural Justice on April 17, 2018. “So I genuinely believed whatever I had been told in school was the truth, just imagine this and the people in North Korea now.”
Communist rule by persecutions
The Chinese Communist Party is ruling society by the fear it generates through its persecutions, according to a Westerner doctor who campaigns against the China state-sponsored forced organ harvesting.
“Why have doctors been able to participate in this? One reason is because of the persecution of not only Falun Gong but also of Tibetans and Uyghurs. We know that the Chinese consider them less than human,” Dr. Harold King, member of Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) told the Swedish Parliament May 3, 2017.
“Also the Chinese will do what they want in the government. The Chinese regime’s way of governing makes it very clear that if you don’t agree with its way of thinking, then you will soon feel retribution, and the same is true for doctors,” Dr. King continued.
He said of doctors in China: “They follow orders, they are part of big medical structure, sometimes in military hospitals. They follow orders and if they don’t follow orders, they may be killed in prison and there may be later consequences for their families. This fear that the CCP has generated works not only in the general population but also with the doctors.”
Dr. Tohti was one of the few Chinese originals who had the courage to speak out against the brutal treatment of the regime toward its citizens.
On May 20, 2019, FOX 11 published an undercover video, which revealed the life of prisoners inside Chinese labor camps. Some clips in the video were recorded by Ming Yu, a former successful businessman who was imprisoned for supporting Falun Gong.
“If you’re ever caught doing this kind of thing, videotaping the details of what’s happening in these camps, you would lose your life,” Yu said. “The Chinese Communist Party has a quota of people to be killed, and I am one of them.”
The video also covers a 15-year effort of a California family requesting the Chinese regime to release the body of their sister, Kefei Wang. The young woman was arrested in 2001 on Tiananmen Square for holding a banner supporting Falun Gong. Her family was informed of her death four months later, but they have never been allowed to see her body.
“You want to see the body, I can do that, if you agree she died naturally,” the labor camp director said, as she was recorded by a hidden camera of the family.
The authority said Kefei had died of a heart attack, but the family believes she was tortured and killed.
“A heart attack on a 30-year-old woman is of course the typical like you get from totalitarian regimes,” Shawn Steel, Republican National Committeeman of California, told FOX 11.
Steel said to FOX 11 that he will be reaching out to the administration of President Donald Trump regarding this issue. He also mentioned his plan of making a presentation about the persecution of Falun Gong at the Republican National Committee next spring, according to FOX 11.
‘A new form of genocide’
The ongoing forced organ harvesting in China is a form of genocide, according some investigators and activists.
“This is a new form of genocide. It’s using the most respected members of society to implement it: the medical profession,” American journalist Ethan Gutmann said in an interview with The Epoch Times. Gutmann was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in exposing the Chinese state-sponsored mass killings for organs.
The same conclusion was made by Edward McMillanScott, European Parliament vice president from 2004 to 2014.
“The organ transplant industry is in the hands of the military,” McMillanScott said on the 2010 European Parliament Transplant Plenary. “The People’s Liberation Army is responsible for the hospitals, the transportation of body parts, and the sale of them. It is therefore a governmental activity, and constitutes genocide under Article 2 of the Genocide Convention.”
The China Tribunal did not conclude if the practice is a genocide, as they didn’t know “the specific intent behind the forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience,” says the summary of Final Judgement.
However, the panel of lawyers and experts calls for proper authorities to investigate if a genocide did occur.
“There can be no doubt that there is a duty on those who have the power to institute investigations for, and proceedings at, international courts or at the U.N. to test whether Genocide has been committed,” said the China Tribunal.