Falun Gong practitioners will appeal in front of the UN from September 23rd to Sept 27th, 2014 for an end to forced organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China. It is a time when world leaders come together in New York, and practitioners go there each year in the hopes of creating awareness of the genocide against Falun Gong in China. This year, they want to draw special attention to forced organ harvesting, because House Resolution 281 is before the United States Congress, awaiting a vote to condemn the medical malpractice coordinated by the Communist regime in China.
Military hospitals and doctors control the organ transplant business in China, which is second to the United States in the number of organs transplanted each year. It is one of several remarkable features of the Communist regime’s booming organ transplant business that it can satisfy a world demand for organs in a country where it is almost unheard of for ordinary citizens to voluntarily donate their organs after death. A national organ donor program in China between 2003 and 2009 resulted in a total of 130 pledges to donate organs. Yet, as many as 10,000 organ transplants continue to occur in China each year.
The Communist regime in China maintains that it takes organs from executed prisoners. However, investigators argue that is a convenient lie obscuring the fact that the regime kills prisoners of conscience upon demand. The inconvenient truth for leaders of of the Chinese Communist regime and for the world leaders who host them is that the regime in China is murdering innocent people and profiteering from it. They are monetizing their dissidents. They are liquidating those they take to be their enemies in the most egregious and profane act of their new-found state capitalism.
When Falun Gong practitioners say that the Chinese Communist regime is evil, it is these depths of depravity they speak of.
What is a little surprising, is that for the past eight years political and business leaders as well as members of the medical community outside of China have been confronted with documentation of organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience but have largely continued to avoid the issue and have remained silent.
House Resolution 281 sits before the US Congress that, if it passes, will condemn the Chinese Communist regime for its organ harvesting practices. The question remains whether the Congress will vote on it before the end of the year, and if it is voted upon, whether it will pass. How many members of Congress would want to vote for a resolution that condemns China right now? Seemingly there is always a problem in the world that needs assistance from the regime in China. How many Congressmen would prefer that this kind of issue that really irritates the Communist regime in China just remain well removed from the spotlight? How many would really prefer to just carry on business as usual?
Falun Gong practitioners have endured a brutal persecution for more than 15 years. It has become something of a ritual each year for the people with yellow t-shirts to go to the UN, turn on their meditative music, do exercises, hold banners and pass out flyers. Each year they appeal to world leaders at the UN to speak up for human rights. That’s one of the things the United Nations is supposed to do, right?
After the delegates from around the world go home, the Falun Gong practitioners pack up their banners and go back to Chinatown. Another year goes by with another untold number of people being added to the count of those tortured and killed. Another year goes by with an estimated average of 30 people murdered per day to satisfy an organ trade that David Kilgour, the former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific and investigator of forced organ harvesting in China says may generate as much as (USD) $1 billion per year for People’s Liberation Army hospitals.
If inaction is the plague of bureaucracies, then perhaps the UN has perfected the business. After all, China is an esteemed member of the UN Human Rights Council, where the regime is required by international human rights law to uphold the highest human rights standards just to attain that membership. The fox is guarding the hen-house with regards to human rights, and if that is a telling sign of things to come then today, the clouds have gotten just a little darker.
Take Tuesday, September 23rd as an example. Zhang Gaoli will speak tomorrow the 23rd at the Climate Summit at the invitation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Zhang Gaoli is the Vice Premier of the Chinese Communist regime.
The World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong alleges Mr Zhang is also believed to be guilty of genocide, torture and crimes against humanity against Falun Gong practitioners in Guangdong province, Shenzhen, Shandong province, and Tianjin. Tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in these areas were illegally kidnapped, detained, and sentenced, resulting in large numbers of people tortured, disabled and killed. In those areas, it all happened under Mr Zhang’s watch.
UN delegates it seems are well insulated behind the stone and glass walls from reflections of guilt that would distract them from their business. Delegates on the 23rd will be very busy debating and hammering out an agreement on climate change. Organ harvesting practices and human rights abuses in China just aren’t on the agenda. It’s the wrong conference. For that matter, you probably have to go to Geneva, or something.
Whether many people find it palatable or not, it is my belief that brutal regimes tend to come to a nasty end of their own devising. After nasty regimes meet their rightful end, people unavoidably begin to account for all of the horrors and atrocities, and begin to hope and say that such things could never and should never happen again.
But, the genocide against Falun Gong is not past tense. We do not have the benefit of retrospect, and the ability to avoid the distasteful aspects of confronting the truth–today. Genocide continues to happen now. In China today there are tens of millions of Chinese people who live in fear of being a victim of a genocidal Communist regime. They don’t have anything to insulate them against the vagaries of the despots who control that regime.
What’s more, it’s not just Falun Gong who is being subjected to genocide, so it’s not such a big secret to anyone outside of China either.
In China, Falun Gong practitioners are busy–very busy. They know the Communist regime inside and out, and they have found a way to dissolve it–all without joining in the culture of violence that so characterizes Communism. For 10 years, Falun Gong practitioners have been pushing forward the Tuidang movement, helping people free their minds from control by the Communist regime by asking Chinese people to renounce Communism.
It is deceptively simple. Nevertheless, it is a key that unlocks many things for Chinese people who have hidden away their culture and their traditions for 65 years.
Falun Gong practitioners know that when Chinese people renounce Communism, they get enough space in their hearts and minds to be able to think critically outside of the control of the Communist regime. That is the beginning of freedom for them. That freedom is dissolving the regime one person at a time. Interestingly, this is a uniquely Chinese phenomenon–one steeped in Chinese traditions of virtue, morality and conscience: strengthen these qualities in the individual and you will build a virtuous nation.
Today, the Tuidang movement grew past 178 million participants. It is growing at about 100,000 per day.
So this week, as Falun Gong practitioners gather in front of the UN and appeal for an end to organ harvesting in China, if you were in New York and were to stop by, you might notice that they are quite cheerful, and pleasant, not angry and bitter. It is because they stand in front of the UN not to demand change from unchanging bureaucracies, but to appeal, yet again, another year, for human beings to do the right thing, to act from their conscience, and speak up about crimes of genocide in China.