The medical community is urged to oppose the ongoing organ killings in China

Lack of media coverage, institutional silence, self-censorship and fear of retaliation from Beijing are among the reasons many people, including those in the medical sector, ignore China’s continued state-sanctioned practice. , consisting of killing innocent people for their organs.

These reasons were presented during a panel discussion on June 9, during an online event entitled “Forced organ harvesting from living people – past, present, future”. Broadcast by EpochTV and NTD, the roundtable was organized by the American advocacy group Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH).

“In my experience, less than 10% of the entire medical community actually knows what forced organ harvesting is. And even less than that, in fact, just a fraction of that has any understanding of a court or the massive amount of data available,” said G. Weldon Gilcrease, associate professor of medicine at the University of Utah and deputy to DAFOH. director, during the round table.

(L-R, top to bottom) David Beyda, president and professor of bioethics and medical humanism at the University of Arizona; Jacob Lavee, founder of the heart transplant unit at the Leviev Heart Center in Israel; G. Weldon Gilcrease, associate professor of medicine at the University of Utah; Alejandro Centurion, neurologist and member of the American advocacy group Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH); Torsten Trey, Executive Director of DAFOH; and Martin Elliot, Emeritus Professor of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at University College London, speak during an online panel discussion on June 9, 2022. (DAFOH/Screen capture via Epoch Times)

The Chinese regime has been killing prisoners of conscience for their organs to supply the transplant market for more than a decade. In 2019, an independent panel, called the China Tribunal, found that such practice was occurring “on a significant scale” in China. He concluded that such actions constituted crimes against humanity, with Falun Gong practitioners being the main source of organs.

Martin Elliott, who was a member of the China Tribunal and a professor of cardiothoracic surgery at University College London, said examining the organ harvesting evidence left him with a feeling of “horror”.

“We almost didn’t want to believe it and took a very careful approach to the evidence, which was extremely heavy, collected by very brave people over a long period of time,” he said. “But in the end, the disparity between the number of unofficial donors and the number of transplants, the short waiting times, the financial transactions revealed by the phone calls, prevented us from concluding anything other than taking place.”

Gilcrease recalled how his university rejected his proposal to host a discussion with the local transplant and legal communities about forced organ harvesting in China in late 2019, after the Chinese court released its findings.

“So when I went to one of our senior officials and said, ‘Look, we need to at least sit down and talk about this, and talk about our potential complicity… in training people from China to come here, learn about transplant and go back to China and be implicated in these crimes against humanity [that] are likely genocidal acts of killing innocent people for organs,” Gilcrease said.

He continued: “I was basically told that there was no doubt that he [forced organ harvesting] was coming. But there was concern that if we said anything as a medical center, China would send all of its students to Texas. [instead of Utah]. This is the answer that was given to me. »

“So I think there is a real fear of economic retaliation. I think there is a fear of professional retaliation,” Gilcrease concluded.

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Falun Gong protesters dramatize an illegal act of paying for human organs during a demonstration in Washington on April 19, 2006. (Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice involving meditative exercises and a set of moral teachings centered on the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. The practice grew in popularity in China during the 1990s with around 70 to 100 million adherents, but it was seen as a threat to the control of the communist regime.

In 1999, practitioners became the targets of a nationwide persecution campaign launched by former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, who established the Gestapo-like office known as the “610 Office” to execute his elimination campaign.

Since then, millions of detained Falun Gong practitioners have essentially become a big bank of involuntary organs for the Chinese regime’s transplant industry. Organ sourcing has made China a top destination for transplant tourism, as Chinese hospitals often offer short waiting times for patient organ matching, much faster than developed countries with organ donation systems established.

“What I was seeing in our community was that individuals were personally censoring themselves by engaging in the discussion [about forced organ harvesting]said David Beyda, chair and professor of bioethics and medical humanism at the University of Arizona, during the roundtable.

“Sometimes that [the censorship] was institutional,” Beyda added.

Beyda warned that while the Chinese regime is the perpetrator here, there is also the problem of being complicit in its crimes.

“The more personal you get with your personal censorship, the more complicit you become,” he explained.

“So on both sides we have an organ recipient, who is just as culpable and complicit in killing someone as the surgeons who do this,” Beyda added.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Transplantation concluded that Chinese surgeons and other medical workers acted as “executioners” for the communist regime. He documented cases from 71 Chinese-language scientific publications that showed the organ harvesting took place before the patients were declared brain dead.

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Falun Dafa practitioners raise awareness of the atrocities of forced organ harvesting in China as they march through Manhattan to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day, May 16, 2019. (Edward Dye/The Epoch Times)

Some medical professionals simply couldn’t believe their Chinese counterparts would be involved in forced organ harvesting, according to Jacob Lavee, founder of the heart transplant unit at the Leviev Heart Center in Israel and professor emeritus of surgery at the Tel Aviv University.

“After all the evidence gathered by the Chinese Tribunal and after all the hundreds of articles published about it, our colleagues still find it hard to believe that our colleagues in China are participating in these atrocities,” Lavee said.

Alejandro Centurion, a neurologist and member of DAFOH, urged the American Medical Association (AMA) to take a stronger stance on the issue.

The WADA, according to Centurion, made no “formal statement” about forced organ harvesting in China other than a “little statement” last year and that was “very superficial” without mentioning the Tribunal. Chinese.

“So we have to see the leadership of the AMA. I would really urge them to do that,” Centurion said, adding that it was heartening to see the British and Canadian medical associations take a stand condemning forced organ harvesting by the system of government.

Torsten Trey, executive director of DAFOH, called on more people to speak out against these atrocities.

“Organ harvesting from living prisoners of conscience cannot be accepted under any circumstance or excuse in today’s global community and every physician and every individual must make a decision,” Trey said.

“Do I want to live in a world where a government can arbitrarily kill innocent people for organs or do I speak now?

“I think it’s time to break the silence.”

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Frank Fang is a Taiwan-based journalist. He covers news from the United States, China and Taiwan. He holds a master’s degree in materials science from Tsinghua University in Taiwan.

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