SPECIAL FEATURE: by Dr Shizhong ChenNews Weekly
Sujiatun Camp inmates murdered for their body parts
, April 15, 2006
The Communist Party of China has reportedly murdered thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in its Sujiatun prison-camp in north-eastern China, before harvesting their organs to sell to hospitals. Elsewhere, in public hospitals, Chinese doctors have been ordered to secretly remove corneas from living people.
These are just some of the grisly findings reported by Dr Shizhong Chen, a Chinese prisoner of conscience for 14 years, now living in exile in the West.Please remember the name: Sujiatun. It will one day be as infamous as Auschwitz and Dachau.
On March 8, 2006, a Chinese journalist on the run from the Chinese communist regime disclosed to Falun Gong practitioners in the United States some appalling news about a secret death camp in the north-east of China. The Sujiatun camp is located in the important industrial centre of Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province.
According to the fugitive journalist, over 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners have been taken to Sujiatun. "I believe that once they enter, there is a 100 per cent certainty that they never come out again," he said. He also disclosed that there are crematoria and a large number of doctors there:
"Why are there crematoria there? Why are there so many doctors inside? Certainly not for the humane treatment of prisoners. It's something you simply cannot imagine...
"The Communist Party most certainly does not intend wasting food on prisoners there. Why are they there then? .... They will all be murdered, and their organs harvested and distributed to hospitals.
"The sale of human organs is a vastly profitable trade in China."
|Liu Yufeng, a 64-year-old Falun Gong |
practitioner from Wendong city in
China's eastern Shandong province,
was beaten to death in July 2000.
Falun Gong practitioners are not the only victims of such crimes. One week after the journalist's disclosure, a former nurse whose ex-husband had taken part in harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners, also stepped forward to testify:
"I used to work at the Liaoning Thrombus Treatment Centre, which was next to the concentration camp. My ex-husband had taken part in removing corneas from Falun Gong practitioners. This brought disaster to my family.
"In early 2001, my husband was assigned by his hospital to secretly remove corneas from Falun Gong practitioners. He hid this knowledge from me at the beginning, but slowly I sensed he was in great agony, had nightmares often, and was always stressed. After my repeated inquiries, he told me the truth in 2003.
"He knew the victims were Falun Gong practitioners. Every doctor who took part knew. They were told that eliminating Falun Gong was not a crime, but helping the Communist Party to undertake 'cleansing'. Those who were taken in on the operating tables were anaesthetised. Elderly people or children were mostly used for harvesting corneas.
"At the time when my ex-husband told me about this, he could no longer bear the torment of doing such evil things, and decided to leave China to escape the horror.
"He said to me: 'You cannot possibly know my despair, because those Falun Gong practitioners were still alive. It was different from removing organs from dead people'.
"Because of this, I divorced him. I said to him: you are done with your career; you will not be able to hold a scalpel in the future."
The nurse concluded: "I know there are still Falun Gong practitioners in that hospital. I hope this crime can be exposed to the international community as quickly as possible, so their lives can be saved. I also hope, through my disclosure, to atone for my ex-husband's crime."Organ transplants
The victims are not even limited to the Chinese. It is an open secret that China has become the world capital of organ transplantation, and ships human organs to nearby countries such as Thailand.
Tens of thousands of patients from different parts of the world have received organ transplants in China and Thailand, having been assured that the organs had been legally obtained.
How will they and their surgeons feel when they learn about the barbaric practice of organ-harvesting, even if the organs harvested from Falun Gong practitioners turn out to account for only a fraction of all human organs used in transplant operations? Is there a way for them to remove the doubt? Will they want to find out? Or will they bear that doubt and forever avoid mentioning "transplanted in China"?
Another doctor recently stated that extracting organs from living prisoners is common across China. How many more camps like Sujiatun exist?
|The crematorium, shown operating,|
at the Sujiatun camp.
It was precisely because we abhor such appalling crimes that humanity vowed "Never again!" after the shock of the Holocaust. Yet, as this vow is still ringing in the ears of Holocaust survivors, we are in for another shock - or are we? How do we explain to ourselves and our children that we have watched the systematic eradication of Falun Gong for more than six years and allowed it to escalate to the emergence of human organ-harvesting factories like Sujiatun?
It is not due to a lack of information. Ever since July 1999, Falun Gong practitioners in China have been taking great risks to collect and publicise abroad, on a daily basis, detailed information on the extensive and severe human rights violations committed by the Chinese communist regime. Falun Gong practitioners overseas have worked their hardest to disseminate this information to governments, media, opinion-leaders, the United Nations, and the general public, to appeal for their attention.
It is not that this information is unsubstantiated. In the past few years, many special rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Commission have cited, in their annual reports, numerous cases of torture and killing of Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese regime.
Special Rapporteur Asma Jahangir wrote in her 2003 report: "The cruelty and brutality of these alleged acts of torture defy description." On October 15, 2004, seven special rapporteurs sent a joint letter to China to express their concern about the persecution of Falun Gong. These special rapporteurs are the most-respected authorities on human rights. Their findings and opinions on the Chinese regime's persecution of Falun Gong have been reprinted thousands upon thousands of times and submitted to world governments and media.
History, unfortunately, repeats itself. Just as the Holocaust information provided by Jewish groups was cast aside or downplayed because of the "unsubstantiated nature of the information" and its "prejudiced sources", information from Falun Gong practitioners has suffered a similar fate. History has also shown that all major atrocities occurred when there was not enough media exposure, when ominous signs were ignored because they were "incomplete" or "unsubstantiated" or from "prejudiced sources". Evildoers' deceits are able to prevail, precisely when public silence enables them to carry on unnoticed and unhindered.
History, however, never repeats exactly.
There is no major military or ideological confrontation in the world now. While the World War II Allies did not have their focus on saving the Holocaust victims, at least they were fighting the Nazis and determined to win the war. We do not have that excuse now. On the contrary, we are apparently determined to win the market in China.
Technology is far more advanced now than it was in World War II, and we do not even need to be at Auschwitz or Buchenwald to know what was going on there. If 6,000 people have been taken in to Sujiatun and none has come out, how hard is it to see from surveillance satellites the suspicious traffic going in and out to figure out that it is a death camp?
There are now many international human rights laws that were not available before the Nuremberg trials, and there are now many surveillance and protection mechanisms implemented by the UN. How hard is it to demand an international investigation into the serious claim of the death camp's existence? What were those international human rights laws established for?
We do not always ignore incomplete or unsubstantiated information from China, however. When Dr Jiang Yanyong, a physician from Beijing, disclosed the Chinese regime's deadly lies about the SARS epidemic, the retired doctor's letter to the media contained only what he had heard from his colleagues. Did the world hesitate for a second because the information was "incomplete" or "unsubstantiated"? Why didn't the information's incompleteness prevent decisive action by the international community? In fact, his letter was sent only to Chinese media, but Western media got hold of it and publicised it.
Why does the world react so differently to the SARS news, on the one hand, and to the Sujiatun news, on the other - both of which are issues of life-and-death importance? Is it because Sujiatun only affects other
If that hypocrisy is not enough to make us face up to the selfish side of our humanity, consider this: if Sujiatun happened anywhere else other than China, be it in democratic countries or in North Korea, Sudan or Cuba, it would have caused a major outcry. Only human greed for lucrative gains from China has kept the Sujiatun death camp from being an international issue.
"The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated." Thus said American chief prosecutor Justice Robert Jackson in his opening speech at the postwar Nuremberg trials.
When he drafted these words, he no doubt had in mind the legacy that the Nuremberg trials would leave behind. If he had lived to see the post-Nuremberg wrongs, however, he might have had second thoughts. He might have wanted to put on trial the conscience of humanity itself for allowing such wrongs to continue to happen.Dr Shizhong Chen is a co-founder of the Conscience Foundation. He was born in Shanghai in 1937, graduated in Moscow, taught at Gansu Industrial University in China, and was imprisoned for more than 14 years for criticising the Chinese Communist Party. He now lives in exile in Sweden. This article is reproduced, in edited form, from The Epoch Times, March 25, 2006.