WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Concerned doctors from around the world are strongly opposed that representatives of healthcare organizations attending a recent transplant conference in Kunming, China, applauded claims of transplant reforms without providing sufficient clarification or transparency on organ sourcing. Without providing sufficient evidence, keynote speaker and host, China's transplant chief Huang Jiefu appeared again as not acknowledging forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience. Recent announcements of creating a "Special Economic Zone" on Hainan Island spark further concerns of the imminent expansion of transplant tourism as China declares plans to lead the world in organ transplantation by 2020.
"It is preposterous that prominent healthcare organizations applaud transplant reforms in China without conducting satisfying investigations of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience," said DAFOH Executive Director Dr. Torsten Trey. Unsubstantiated claims about transplant reforms must not be embraced with blind faith. "For an unknown number of prisoners of conscience the so-called 'China Dream' turns into a Nightmare in China's transplant centers." Trey asks "Can any of the organizations guarantee, that no organs of prisoners of conscience are channeled into the public organ donation system? If not, any endorsement is premature."
Although China made claims about ending organ harvesting from executed prisoners in 2015, the 1984 provisions permitting the practice have not been publicly abolished yet. While boasting of unprecedented organ donation increases Chinese officials have not addressed concerns that prisoners of conscience, primarily members of the Falun Gong, are reportedly subjected to involuntary live organ harvesting—their organs being counted in the public organ donation system. Experts warn that this creates a backdoor to laundering organs.
"It is inconceivable that renown healthcare organizations limit their attention only to alleged reforms, while the fate and organ sourcing of prisoners of conscience remains unmentioned, unscrutinized, and unresolved," Trey said.
China has banked on relations with world institutions to continue their unlawful medical practices. Involuntary organ harvesting is a crime that has been repeatedly condemned at the international level. Resolutions in the US Congress and the European Parliament have highlighted the issue. A letter from the Minnesota State House and Senate to President Xi Jinping has prompted to end the practice. Initiated by DAFOH in 2012, a global petition to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has been signed by 2.5 million people worldwide, making it the second largest petition in world history.
Damon Noto, MD
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