The United Nations has been asked to investigate a group’s evidence purportedly showing that China is murdering religious minorities and harvesting their organs for transplant.
Specifically, a prominent lawyer put forth evidence that China was targeting members of the Falun Gong spiritual group, Reuters reported. Falun Gong is a practice based on meditation and compassion.
Hamid Sabi called for urgent action as he presented the findings of the China Tribunal, an independent panel set up to examine the issue, which concluded in June that China’s organ harvesting amounted to crimes against humanity.
Beijing has repeatedly denied accusations by human rights researchers and scholars that it forcibly takes organs from prisoners of conscience and said it stopped using organs from executed prisoners in 2015.
But Sabi, Counsel to the China Tribunal, told the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that forced organ harvesting had been committed “for years throughout China on a significant scale … and continues today”.
The harvesting has involved “hundreds of thousands of victims”, mainly practitioners of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, he said, adding that detainees from China’s ethnic Uighur minority were also targeted.
So, it’s not just members of the Falun Gong group that are allegedly being targeted by China. It’s also Uighurs, a group made up mostly of Muslims. This seems to square with other reports about China putting nearly 100,000 Uighurs in camps.
The reports are truly disgusting.
“Victim for victim and death for death, cutting out the hearts and other organs from living, blameless, harmless, peaceable people constitutes one of the worst mass atrocities of this century,” Sabi said.
“Organ transplantation to save life is a scientific and social triumph. But killing the donor is criminal.”
Falun Gong is a spiritual group based around meditation that China banned 20 years ago after 10,000 members appeared at the central leadership compound in Beijing in silent protest. Thousands of members have since been jailed.
If these reports are true, it would be a devastating blow to human rights worldwide. And it would put China on par with Myanmar, where the Buddhist-controlled government has been accused of committing genocide for its treatment of Rohingya Muslims.
My hope is that an independent U.N. investigation will uncover the truth and, if these concerns are validated, finally put the murders to an end.