Australian Advocates Exposing the Dark Trade of Organ Harvesting in China

With pressure being placed upon China by Australia to deliver facts on the origins of COVID-19, the bilateral relationship between both nations is deteriorating. Although China continues to deny that the corona virus epidemic started in Wuhan, Australia has called for independent investigations into the source of the epidemic.Due to the immense pressure, trade relations between Australia and China have dwindled. However, another darker “trade” is now being exposed through extensive research and investigation. 

Although condemned, according to a multitude of evidence illegal organ harvesting in China is taking place. In addition to the denial of the viral outbreak, the Chinese Communist Party are dismissing these horrific claims of crimes against humanity. However, an initial eyewitness account from a whistle blower in March 2006 initiated an uncovering of the Chinese multibillion-dollar-a-year industry that is said to support the bloody slaughter of innocent people. 

The International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC) is a coalition of lawyers, academics, ethicists, medical professionals, researchers and human rights advocates dedicated to ending forced organ harvesting in China. They reveal extensive evidence, from over a decade of investigations, that China is operating a government run industrial program that involves mass murder and the selling of organs. A quote from a political party member on ETAC’s website states how “livers, kidneys, hearts, lungs, and corneas are being cut out from prisoners of conscience and minority groups while they are still alive.” 

According to ETAC, Falun Gong practitioners are often healthier than the general prison population as they refrain from alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. These prisoners of conscience are forcibly subjected to blood tests and organ examinations not given to other prisoners, indicate that they are targeted for organ sourcing. Other non-consenting victims targeted include Uyghurs, Tibetans and House Christians. 

On February 24th 2021 a ‘Conference on The CCP’s (Chinese Communist Party’s) Forced Organ Harvesting’was held. Professor Wendy Rogers, Professor of Clinical Ethics at Macquarie University, Sydney, and Chair of the International Advisory Committee of ETAC, spoke at the event. She asserted that there is no excuse for wilful ignorance about these transplant-related human rights abuses, as there has been exhaustive examination of the evidence found that China is committing crimes against humanity. The Professor stated, “Information about these abuses is compelling and detailed… [and this crime] has been widely publicised… There is no longer any excuse for any institution or professional involved in transplant to claim that they know nothing about forced organ harvesting.”

With deliberate, human intervention of irregular data qualities, wider public awareness may be lacking about China’s transplant-related human rights abuses. China has the capability to locate a donor for a recipient within 24 hours, however, there is secrecy about its organ transplant program, and a complete lack of transparency around its hospital activities. A 2019 research article, ‘Analysis of official deceased organ donation data casts doubt on the credibility of China’s organ transplant reform’.” reports that most data held by Chinese governmental agencies on the matter is not available for public inspection. 

The data that is available for collection has been manufactured and manipulated from the central levels of the Chinese medical bureaucracy. This includes:

  • Boosting the statistics of voluntary donors and misclassifying nonvoluntary donors as “voluntary”
  • Transcript errors and data falsification, including human-directed manipulation of the Red Cross Society of China’s dataset
  • Transcript errors, and discrepancies with donor numbers involving unsubstantiated growth patterns
  • Data fabrication extending to the provincial level

Although considerable public awareness may not yet exist, Professor Rogers says, “Institutions and professionals must be aware that forced organ harvesting is occurring in China… [and] they must have the power to act in ways that condemn the CCP for forced organ harvesting. By acting together, professionals and institutions can exert pressure on China… and show that such actions are not tolerated by the rest of the world.”

With forced organ harvesting occurring in China, the issue of human tissue trafficking to Australia is also a concern. According to a 2015 inquiry report on the Commonwealth of Australia website, ‘Human Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism’, the ‘Real Bodies’ commercial anatomical exhibition raised serious concerns about the source of the preserved bodies and organs, which included pregnant women and foetuses, as well as bodies literally sawn down the middle. The report reveals that some cadavers sourced for the exhibition were reported as “fresh”, with bullet holes in the skulls, and with livers already having been removed for transplant purposes. It was further reported that the proprietors were unable or unwilling to prove that any of the plastinated humans displayed ever gave consent.  

Professor Rogers‘ recommendations for specific actions and that professionals and institutions (including transplant institutions) should take include:

  • Lobbying their members of parliament to ratify the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organs
  • Raising public awareness about organ trafficking and the need for transplant solutions
  • Banning transplant doctors from China from attending or presenting at meetings
  • Advising members not to travel to China for any kind of transplant activity
  • Having processes to check all research and educational collaborations with China
  • Refuse to host visiting Chinese transplant doctors
  • Develop and publicise a China transplant policy to facilitate the above measures  

As China continues to downplay the concerns of the COVID-19, will they also be able to downplay one of the most controversial sources of illegal organ trafficking, which involves the bloody slaughter of innocent people? 

For further information about this serious human rights violation visit The International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC)



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Simone Francis

While studying a Certificate IV in Communications and Media in 2007, Simone Francis initiated her journalism career with an internship at the International Federation of Journalists. Since then, she has reported to capacity build for many organisations throughout the world. Simone also started a social enterprise in 2007 called Nomadic Hands and travelled throughout Latin America and Asia, bringing awareness via blogs and documentaries about issues such as oil exploitation in the Amazon rainforest and child sexual exploitation. With a Masters in Development Practice, and with a successful entry into a law degree this year, Simone plans to utilise her academic knowledge in conjunction with her reporting skills to continue supporting social and environmental causes globally.

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