Evidence shown to Fox News revealed organs of members of minority groups detained in Chinese prisons and labour camps are unwillingly harvested, with one citizen telling the publication she is thankful that having Hepatitis C stopped her from being a victim. Jennifer Zeng, who was arrested for practicing Falun Gong – a Chinese spiritual practice that combines meditation with philosophy – was interrogated while in prison on her medical history. When officers learned she had Hepatitis C after she had her blood drawn, she was snubbed by what she believes was a plot to steel her organs.
She said: “Twelve days later, my cellmate died as a result of forced feeding.
“Having hepatitis C might have unqualified me as an organ donor.”
The China Tribunal panel, initiated by the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC), issued a report on the nightmarish act of organ harvesting.
It stated with “certainty” that “in China, forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has been practiced for a substantial period of time”.
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minority groups detained in Chinese prisons and labour camps are unwillingly harvested
The report concluded: “Forced organ harvesting has been committed for years, and Falun Gong practitioners have been one – and probably the main – source of organ supply.”
It added it estimated the organ transplant industry is now worth a staggering £9.8million ($1billion).
The report also highlighted what it called “extraordinarily short waiting times for organs to be available for transplantation”.
Witness testimonies were provided to assist the tribunal in undertaking the report that shockingly found that some victims were kept alive when their organs were taken against their will.
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It added it estimated the organ transplant industry is now worth a staggering £9.8million
One citizen, called Han Yu, was kidnapped in 2015 and detained for 37 days in Beijing’s Haidian District Detention Centre.
Eleven years before, she got a call to say her father, a Falun Gong practitioner, had suddenly died but it was not until a month later the family were allowed to view the body at Liangxiang District Xiao Zhuang village morgue.
Authorities were watching there every move at the morgue, she said.
She also said her father was not given an autopsy – and that his body was quickly cremated.
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She said: “I saw obvious injuries on his face, even after the makeup, the severe bruise below his left eye stood out.
“There was a trace of stitches starting from the throat down to where his clothes covered.”
She said: “I tried to unbutton the clothes, the police saw and quickly dragged me out. Later another family member went in and continued to unbutton and found stitches that went all the way to the stomach.”
She believes her father was a victim of organ harvesting.
China is facing intense scrutiny over its attitudes towards human rights.
Hong Kong began to challenge a controversial extradition law that would see citizens from the autonomous territory able to stand trial in mainland China, a policy that would contradict Hong Kong’s right to an independent judiciary.
One activist was shot in the chest by police at the start of the month, the first injury from live ammunition since the protests began.
The protestor survived but has subsequently been charged with assault.
Previously police had been using rubber bullets, but an 18-year-old was shot and is undergoing surgery, with police saying he was hit “near his left shoulder”.
China brought in the military to curb violent protests over the legislation that was given the nod by Carrie Lam, though currently has been withdrawn.
They also attempted to ban face masks used by protesters.