The groundbreaking procedure used lungs obtained within five days from a healthy donor in Guizhou Province, anywhere else in the world a patient waiting for a single lung transplant can expect to be on the waiting list for years. A similar full lung transplant was then conducted weeks later at the Zhejiang Medical University’s First Affiliated Hospital in Beijing. The fact that two groundbreaking full-lung transplants were performed during a strict lockdown in China, and with no official account of whether the donor voluntarily donated the organ, has led researchers to suspect a forced extraction.
At the same time as the Communist Party of China (CPC) was heaping praise on the surgeons that performed the surgical feat, in London the Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting in China was presenting its grim findings that Beijing is “beyond reasonable doubt” involved in forced harvesting of organ transplants.
A recent study published by Australian National University Phd candidate Matthew Robertson, published in March 2020, describes how Chinese-government supplied datasets on organ donations show “highly compelling evidence they are being falsified”.
Organ donation records in China are known for being systematically falsified and there have been many counts of manipulation of official organ transplant datasets.
Since the year 2000 China has been developing an “on-demand” organ transplant market that is getting more and more ominously efficient with waiting times for exact matches plummeting year on year.
Involuntary organ harvesting is supposedly illegal under Chinese law; though, under a 1984 regulation, it became legal to remove organs from executed criminals with the prior consent of the criminal or permission of relatives.
Victims have allegedly had their bodies cut open, some while still alive, for their kidneys, livers, hearts, lungs, cornea, and skin to be removed and turned into commodities for sale.
Global pressure continues to mount on China to give evidence that these practices are not happening but at the same time the organ harvesting industry’s earnings skyrocket, with an estimated 1 billion in profit generated each year.
The Chinese organ market is a lucrative one as a senior military doctor of the General Logistics Department of the Shenyang Military Command wrote in the Epoch Times, “China is the center of international live organ trading, and has accounted for more than 85 percent of the total number of live organ transplants in the world since 2000.”
A report by World Journal in March 2015 quoted former Chinese deputy minister of health Huang Jiefu as saying that a liver transplant costs at least 600,000 RMB, about £68,000, and that a kidney transplant costs more than 300,000 RMB, about £34,000.
For instance, the Organ Transplant Center of the People’s Liberation Army Hospital No. 309 in Beijing stated in the report, “Our Organ Transplant Center is our main department for making money”.
Its gross income from the organ trade was 16,070,000, or 2 million.
Hamid Sabi, Counsel to the China Tribunal, told the UN Human Rights Council in September 2019: “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.
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“Organ transplantation to save life is a scientific and social triumph.
“But killing the donor is criminal.
“Government and international bodies must do their duty not only in regard to the possible charge of genocide but also in regard to Crimes Against Humanity, which the tribunal does not consider to be less heinous.”
“It is the legal obligation of UN Member States and the duty of this council to address this criminal conduct.”
Of the evidence so far about the scale of the industry and whether it is approved and fully facilitated by the Chinese state is still being investigated.
Political science Phd candidate Mr Robinson said: “Coercive organ procurement, however, must typically be inferred.
“This is because it is posited as a secretive process that takes place in zones of confinement away from even the enclosed space of the concentration camp.
“Until defectors emerge with primary documents, we can only rely, for the most part, on a large body of varied evidence.”
Mr Robinson outlines what can be done to stop the trade: “Medical organisations could call for a moratorium on publications from Chinese transplant surgeons, ban human organ transplant research from China at conferences, and assemble a panel of experts across disciplines to examine the allegations.”
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