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12/18/2013 (7 months ago)

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European Parliament calls upon China to halt organ harvesting

It's quite a horror story - not confined to the pen of Stephen King or the local movie theater. "On the day that we were transferred from the detention center to the labor camp, the person we saw, to our surprise, was not the police guard but a doctor," the member of a minority religious group in China says. "We were taken to an unknown place where a doctor was waiting for us and to interrogate us about our medical history."

Falun Gong practitioners, in protest of the practice of organ harvesting among religious and ethnic minorities reenact the practice in a grisly bit of street theater.

Falun Gong practitioners, in protest of the practice of organ harvesting among religious and ethnic minorities reenact the practice in a grisly bit of street theater.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/18/2013 (7 months ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Organ harvesting, China, Falun Gong


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The above unfortunate person was part of an ongoing problem in mainland China - the harvesting of organs from minority religious and ethnic groups.

The European Parliament called on China on December 12 to halt the practice. The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a similar resolution.

Falun Gong practitioner Dana Churchill, with Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, works closely with members of the Falun Gong sect.

"The majority of the people in the labor camps are Falun Gong. The majority of the organs are all coming from Falun Gong practitioners. 65,000 Falun Gong practitioners are estimated to have been murdered for their organs from 2001 to 2006, 2007," Churchill says.

A Chinese government official has dismissed these allegations, saying not a single Falun Gong practitioner has been subject to "forced organ transplantations."

One person who is skeptical about these allegations is Harry Wu, who spent 19 years in Chinese labor camps. "If you want to argue, if you want to protest, if you want to show up in front of the Chinese government, it's right [alright]. But I told the Falun Gong very clear[ly] you really need the evidence," said Wu.

Wu says that the practice of removing the organs of executed prisoners continues, but there has been a change in policy.

"China, until today, [for] more than 30 years remove[d] the organs from executed prisoners.  If we give a small estimate like 4,000 executed prisoners every year, 30 years that means 120,000 - [a] huge number," he said.

A doctor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Gabriel Danovitch says he is working with the Chinese government to establish a transplant registry similar to those in the U.S. and Europe.
 
"I believe at the highest levels of the Chinese government and health ministries a decision has been made, and there is an understanding that this practice must come to an end," Danovitch says.

Danovitch adds that China needs to change a medical system that caters to the wealthy. "China has almost been like a department store for organs for people coming from all over the world to pay for those organs and pay big money for those organs," he said.



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