Organ Harvesting and Falun Gong

IMAG1628On my last visit to Sydney, I saw a campaign for raising awareness regarding the atrocities Falun Gong followers are facing. Falun Gong is a spiritual practice that was introduced to the public in China in the early 1990s [1]. It gained popularity rapidly and as a promoting pamphlet suggests, it has reached to a point that now 1 in 10 Chinese practice it. However, by mid 1990s the Chinese government became increasingly concerned with its fast-growing popularity. The government started a campaign to suppress Falun Gong. It included publicly declaring the practice illegal as well as a large-scale propaganda through media. The government began to arrest and detain the practitioners.
IMAG1629Up to this point everything is as expected from a totalitarian regime like China, threatened by any voice that is not the official. However, the government didn’t stop there. According to some reports, Falun Gong followers are subject to systematic torture, illegal imprisonment, forced labour and abusive psychiatric measures. The most terrifying part, on whichSydney campaign was specifically emphasising, is that the detainees are chosen for involuntary organ donation which is called Organ Harvesting. It means that if someone with a certain blood type requires a specific body organ, the authorities seize it from Falun Gong detainees. In many cases, since the required organ is vital, the detainee is killed for it. A report estimates 65,000 Falun Gong prisoners were killed for their organs from 2000 to 2008 [2].
This story is terrifying. If it is true, as some evidence suggest, it is a clear crime against humanities. Something should be done about it. I remember last year there was a rally in Sydney (near Chinatown) against this atrocity. Reports say that some protested in Canberra during China-Australia free trade bilateral talks after G20 summit last year [3][4]. But apparently these attemps have not yet succeeded. One reason may be the fact that today China has an extremely powerful economical stance in the world and probably few countries are willing to challenge China on its violation of human rights against a minority.
Some minor attempts, however, have been made. For example, the European Parliament has passed a resolution denouncing this situation. It is, however, only aimed at organ harvesting and is not dealing with the problem of Falun Gong followers (EU Parliament Resolution Passed on December 11, 2013). In May 2008, two United Nations Special Rapporteurs reiterated their requests for “the Chinese government to fully explain the allegation of taking vital organs from Falun Gong practitioners and the source of organs for the sudden increase in organ transplants that has been going on in China since the year 2000” [2].
Anyway, this blog as well as signing the petition are the only things I know I could do to help this cause. If you know of any other suggestions for the things that can be done, I’d love to discuss it.
To sign the petitions you can go to:
If you want to know more about the issue, the following links might be a good starting point.

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