Ever since the news of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) atrocities of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners detained in concentration camps and labour camps broke, kind-hearted people and many organisations have, in succession, condemned such inhuman crimes. On June 23rd, co-sponsored by 16 county council members, the Yunlin County Council unanimously passed a resolution to condemn the CCP for persecuting Falun Gong and harvesting organs from practitioners for profit.
|Councillor Lau giving a media interview|
Councillor Lau sponsored the resolution. He said that he had sensed the urgency of Chinese Falun Gong practitioners' human rights and local human rights issues in medical circle. Therefore, to support Falun Gong practitioners' basic rights and safeguard medical ethical values, he sponsored this resolution and called on his colleagues to support it. This resolution was co-sponsored by 18 of his colleagues and was eventually passed unanimously.
|Going to China for Organ transplant advertisement in Yunlin county|
Not long ago, an advertisement promoting trips to China for organ transplants was found around Yunlin County. Mr. Liu reported this to county bureau of health. During an investigation, the advertiser confessed that he promoted such advertisement all over Taiwan. He was fined 90,000 Taiwanese dollars (~£1,500; 2,200 euro; $3000).
An official of the Yunlin County Bureau of Health said that the bureau has now implemented an investigation to see if any medical organisation has been involved in running organ transplant ads or helping Mainland China sell organs to Taiwanese people. The bureau also mailed out notices to medical units within the county about this issue, warning them not to violate the law. According to the law, anyone promoting organ trafficking through advertisement, publication, radio, TV, electronic message, internet and other media will be fined 90,000 to 450,000 Taiwan dollars (~£1,500 to £7,500; 2,200 to 11,000 euro; $3000 to $15,000)
The resolution has the following content:
Call for the United Nations, Red Cross and International Health Organizations to fully investigate whether or not Chinese concentration camps, labour camps and related medical facilities are involved in harvesting organs from living civilians;
Call for international human rights organisations to fully investigate the persecution of Falun Gong and request the Chinese Communist Party to stop the persecution of the practice;
Urge the County government to inform civilians that going to China for organ transplant has safety concerns and is complicated by the CCP's illegal organ harvesting. Urge hospitals to elabourate on the source of organs before operation to safeguard quality of medical service and protect patient's lives;
Urge County Bureaus of News, Health and Culture to help "Taiwan Association to Rescue Persecuted Falun Gong Practitioners" to raise awareness of the illegal organ harvesting practice in China through activities such as photo and document displays in order to protest civilians' lives and properties. Recommend the Bureau of Education to encourage students to visit such displays to learn about the truth and the importance of ruling by law.
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