In 2013 Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) initiated a petition to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights calling for immediate action to end the unethical practice of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience in China. The petition also calls for an end of the persecution of the spiritual group, Falun Gong, the primary victim of the forced organ harvesting.
Between July and November 2013 nearly 1.5 million people in over 50 countries and regions signed the petition and expressed their support to call for an end to this unprecedented evil. On December 12, 2013, the European Parliament adopted an urgent resolution on organ harvesting in China.
Many of us outside China can play an important role in ending these atrocities. It is our responsibility to raise awareness necessary to stop horrific crimes from being committed against fellow human beings by every means.
Some countries and organizations have enacted legislation or amended policies to prevent their citizens or members from participating in unethical organ harvesting. Here’s a list of actions experts recommend:
- Pass a resolution to condemn this crime against humanity (at the national, provincial, and local levels)
- Prohibit the receipt of trafficked organs at home and abroad, restrict travel to China for the purpose of receiving an organ transplant, and disallow reimbursement of medical costs for the same
- Ban entry of individuals involved in illegal organ trafficking
- Issue travel advisories to warn citizens traveling to China for organ transplants
- Prohibit pharmaceutical companies from conducting transplant field tests and clinical trials in China
- Pressure the Chinese government to open all detention facilities for international inspection
- Facilitate independent investigations into organ transplant abuse in China
- Urge governments take all measures to end this crime against humanity
- Undertake independent investigations into forced organ harvesting in China
- Incorporate awareness of organ harvesting crimes into the organization’s projects and activities
Reduce investment in China until its government ceases organ trafficking. Such investments are financing and nurturing a party-state that pillages organs from its citizens for commercial purposes.
Standing for human dignity would in all likelihood not cost a country trade or other business with China.
- Discourage patients from traveling to China for organ transplants.
- Require Chinese transplant professionals to adhere to internationally accepted ethical standards to be members of professional societies.
- Reject research or publications in journals or at conferences unless authors clearly indicate that organs from executed prisoners or prisoners of conscience were not used in the research.
- Prohibit training of Chinese transplant professionals unless they commit to not using organs from unethical sources.
- Proactively remind China’s government and medical profession of internationally accepted ethical standards.
- Require onsite inspections of Chinese transplant centers and records by international transplant professionals.
- Conduct independent investigations into China’s organ transplant sourcing
- Integrate these crimes as current events into school curriculums
- Keep the public informed of latest developments on this topic