Forced organ harvesting, the taking of vital organs from unwilling donors, is one of the worst crimes perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and it is ongoing. To evaluate the current situation and find a solution to stop the atrocity, the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC) held an online forum on February 24, 2021. Over 40 elected officials from various countries along with 117 organizations attended this event.
The video recording of the forum, titled “Conference on the CCP’s Forced Organ Harvesting,” is available to view on ETAC’s website. Several recent articles on Minghui have reported on presentations by legal experts, ethics scholars, and elected officials. Today we focus on a presentation by Ivan Vilibor Sinčić.
Sinčić is a Croatian politician and chairman of the Human Shield Party, as well as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). He said during his speech that the forced organ harvesting is the worst human rights violation by the CCP and that Falun Gong practitioners are the main victims. He called on the international community to condemn and sanction the CCP for this tragedy.
|Vilibor Sinčić, Member of European Parliament from Croatia, talked about organ harvesting in China on February 24, 2021.|
Victims Are Primarily Falun Gong Practitioners
Even when compared with egregious human rights violations including forced labor, arbitrary detention, concentration camps, and torture, forced organ harvesting is by far the most serious human rights offense, remarked Sinčić. Very often the crime of forced organ harvesting takes place when the victims are alive and conscious. The victims are largely Falun Gong practitioners because their physical health is usually very good.
MP Sinčić said the forced organ harvesting is part of the CCP's systematic persecution against ethnic minority groups, political dissidents, and religious groups. An example of the CCP's oppressive policies is the political suppression in Hong Kong. Living in the 21st century today, we have witnessed the large gap between China's human rights violation and the universal rights that everyone should be entitled to.
Sinčić said that many people are not aware of the CCP's human rights violations. They do not know about the mistreatment and medical experiments on Uyghurs in concentration camps. As a result, he said, we need to raise awareness of the issues and publicize the information.
CCP Deep Involvement in Organ Harvesting
The CCP has been heavily involved in forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience. This practice has lasted for over 10 years, yet the CCP has been denying it.
MP Sinčić said that among all transplant surgeries in the world, two-thirds of the patients went to China for surgery. In Croatia, for example, one has to wait many years for an organ transplant. In China, the wait time is much shorter and is often only days. It is unlikely that the CCP does not know the significance of this discrepancy. In fact, the regime has been actively participating in the forced organ harvesting, although it keeps lying about it at the same time. In the end, organ harvesting has become a tool for the CCP to eliminate political dissidents and to make huge profits.
Sinčić said that when he first learned about the CCP's forced organ harvesting several years ago, as a human being, he was very angry. He also felt bad because hardly any high officials in the international community had taken action to stop this.
Joint Efforts Required
Sinčić remarked that it is good that in 2021, more and more attention has been paid to the CCP's forced organ harvesting. This means that more people have heard about it and more conferences have been held to discuss the issue.
Stopping the crime also requires joint efforts from different countries. As a MEP, Sinčić said that the European Union had not openly criticized the CCP due to concerns over business relations with China. He said that this needs to end and that people’s lives should be placed in the highest priority. He stressed that it is time to stop the fear of the CCP, so that the European Union and the world in general will take a position against the regime.
Some foreign companies have also benefited from the organ harvesting and organ trade, including companies from Europe, the United States, and other Asian countries. Furthermore, many global businesses are also connected to the forced labor system in China.
Sinčić proposed to investigate the firms involved, followed by sanctions against those businesses as well as individuals. He said that now is the time for the international community to say no to the forced organ harvesting in China.
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