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Chinese Regime Harvests Over 150,000 Organs From Jailed Prisoners Each Year: Expert

Falun Gong practitioners re-enact the Chinese communist regime's harvesting of organs from prisoners of conscience - credit: Minhgui
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Alina Wang | Vision Times

For several decades now, the organ transplant industry in China has had a sinister, dark and often illegal side, according to research conducted by a growing number of experts. 

According to the reports, the Chinese communist regime has been murdering thousands of prisoners jailed in concentration camps in order to harvest their organs and sell them for high prices to local and foreign customers.

In a May 12 Congressional hearing, Ethan Gutmann — a senior research fellow in China studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and co-author of the landmark works on the subject, “Bloody Harvest” and “The Slaughter” — told lawmakers that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) may be murdering as many as 50,000 concentration camp victims each year in order to sell their organs.

In his research, Gutmann also noted that each healthy individual killed to extract his or her organs could yield two or three organs, meaning the Chinese regime could be selling as many as 150,000 organs from these victims each year. 

Gutmann is widely known as one of the world’s top experts on China’s organ harvesting industry and has suggested that tens of thousands of prisoners of conscience kept in Chinese prisons, including Falun Gong adherents, house Christians, and more recently, Uyghur Muslims from China’s Xinjiang region may be targets in the organ trade.

Leading experts speak out

The Congressional hearing, organized by Rep. Chris Smith (Rep-NJ), chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, titled “Forced Organ Harvesting in China: Examining the Evidence,” saw Gutmann as one of several experts that testified on the subject. 

Others in attendance included Enver Tohti — a surgeon from China’s northwestern Xinjiang region who claims to have been forced to harvest organs from a Chinese political prisoner in 1995.

Tohti narrated his experience as a young surgeon in 1995, dragged to an execution site and ordered to rapidly cut out the heart of a political prisoner who was killed in front of him. He referred to Xinjiang — which is home to the Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities — as “a gigantic open-top human laboratory,” and accused the CCP of using the organs not just for profit, but also for hidden nuclear weapons tests and, potentially, bioweapons research.

Tohti’s testimony concluded with an ominous anecdote, as he recalled how in October 2017, after giving a talk on organ harvesting in Taipei, a man approached him and said, “my brother went to Tianjin for his kidney, and said his surgeon told him that all organs are coming from Xinjiang now.” 

In late 2020, Gutmann told Haaretz in Israel that some 15 million members of minorities in the Xinjiang province, including Uyghur Muslims, underwent medical examinations essential to check matches of organs for transplant. Gutmann added that over a million of those tested were in prison camps.

“This is not sporadic,” he said, adding that China has “created a policy of ethnic cleansing – a potentially very profitable one.”

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