Tribunal: China Is Actively Harvesting Organs From Its Political Prisoners

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A tribunal reports that the forced organ harvesting of China’s political prisoners continues in high amount to this day.

An independent tribunal published its conclusion on June 17 that “forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale,” according to Forbes.

The China Tribunal published the investigation on forced organ harvesting on Chinese prisoners, including Uighur Muslims and Falun Gong practitioners who are being kept as political prisoners. The tribunal’s findings estimated that the actual number of transplants taking place were far higher than official statistics. Some organ extractions in these Chinese prisons were said to be done on live victims that died during the procedure. Some report the market for organs in China to be worth billions of dollars.

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, the tribunal's chair, who made his name by prosecuting Serbia's Slobodan Milosevic, said that "there is no evidence of the practice [of prisoner organ harvesting] having been stopped and the tribunal is satisfied that it is continuing."

The Chinese government claimed back in 2014 that the harvesting of organs from prisoners would stop, but it still hasn’t. Corruption and an infrastructure built around the harvesting of these organs have kept the practice going. The tribunal received evidence from human rights groups, investigators, and medical experts that all supported the fact that prisoner organ harvesting continues to thrive in quantities far higher than what official figures claim.

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