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Harvested Alive: killing Falung Gong in China


by Peter Westmore

News Weekly, September 23, 2017

The recent film, Harvested Alive, documents the latest chapter in the dark history of persecution perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party against its own people.

Dr Wang Zhiyuan

Dr Wang Zhiyuan, a Chinese doctor who travelled to the United States, set about trying to investigate the use of Falun Gong practitioners as a source of human organs. The film, Harvested Alive, is the result of his 10-year study.

He contacted Chinese doctors, judges, legislators, military officials, government officials, the media, and hospital websites. His research revealed a terrible truth: China’s hospitals, judiciary, and military work together, under the authority of the Chinese Communist Party, to execute thousands of Falun Gong practitioners for their organs.

In the years after Mao Zedong led the Chinese Communist Party to seize power in Beijing in 1949, following a 20-year civil war, the regime made clear that it would exercise a monopoly on political power in China, and that all associations would be subservient to it. Those who stood in the way, whether small businessmen, farmers, intellectuals, religious believers or others, were given a stark choice: either bend to the demands of the regime, or face extermination.

Since then, millions of people have disappeared into the system of prisons and labour camps set up throughout China.

Relaxation

After the death of Mao, some relaxation took place: a high degree of economic freedom was encouraged (though subject to the party’s ultimate control); religious organisations, suppressed for a generation, began to reappear; and Chinese people, including students and businessmen, were permitted to travel abroad.

It was hoped that the evolution that had thus begun would eventually end the one-party dictatorship of the Communist Party.

Two events showed that the party would not voluntarily relinquish power. The first was the violent suppression of the student uprising in Tiananmen Square in 1989, in which an unknown number of students died.

The second was the violent suppression of the peaceful Chinese meditational practice, Falun Gong, in 1999.

Before its suppression, it was estimated that there were 100 million Falun Gong practitioners, upholding the principles of truth, forbearance and compassion in their personal lives.

Fearing that Falun Gong was a threat to the party’s monopoly of power, hundreds of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners were arrested. Special government units were set up to apprehend Falun Gong practitioners, and their practices were demonised and vilified in the Chinese media.

At about the same time, the Chinese regime was encouraging the development of organ transplantation in the country’s extensive medical and hospital system.

This network of hospitals was originally seen as a means of showing China’s technological development, but it soon was put to another use.

In a country of 1.4 billion people, there were many suffering from diseased corneas, hearts, lungs and kidneys who would benefit from the availability of human organs. Unfortunately, traditional Chinese culture is unsympathetic to organ donation, because the human body is regarded as sacred. There is a widely held belief that a person’s body must not be interfered with after death, and that a person’s organs must not be removed from the body before burial.

This posed an obstacle to the development of the organ-transplantation industry in China.

The regime thereupon set about using the organs of imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners, on the pretext that organs from convicted criminals could be used for transplantation purposes.

The regime pursued this harrowing practice in secret, but the astonishing growth of the transplantation industry after the year 2000 raised questions about where the organs were coming from. But claims by Falun Gong practitioners in the West that the regime was killing people in order to harvest their organs were simply not believed.

However, in 2006, two prominent Canadian human-rights lawyers, David Kilgour and David Matas, released their Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China, which documented the systematic killing of Falun Gong practitioners in China.

In the conclusion to their report, they wrote: “We have concluded that the government of China and its agencies in numerous parts of the country, in particular hospitals but also detention centres and ‘people’s courts’, since 1999 have put to death a large but unknown number of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. Their vital organs, including hearts, kidneys, livers and corneas, were virtually simultaneously seized involuntarily for sale at high prices, sometimes to foreigners, who normally face long waits for voluntary donations of such organs in their home countries.”

Despite government denials, and later, claims that forced organ harvesting had been discontinued, China’s transplant industry continues to flourish. This killing machine, driven by huge profits, is still running rampant in society.

The award-winning documentary can be seen at www.harvestedalive.com




























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