On July 29, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) co-hosted an event with the Committee on Present Danger: China (CPDC), End Transplant Abuse Coalition (ETAC), and the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) on forced organ harvesting in China and actions that can be taken to stop this cold genocide.
About the Event
In 2019, the China Tribunal, an independent, international people’s tribunal chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, lead prosecutor of Slobodan Milosevic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), concluded “unanimously, and sure beyond reasonable doubt – that in China forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has been practiced for a substantial period of time involving a very substantial number of victims.”
In June 2021, 12 United Nations Special Rapporteurs raised the issue of forced organ harvesting with the Chinese government, in response to credible information that Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghurs, Tibetans, Muslims, and Christians are killed for their organs in China. In the correspondence, UN human rights experts called on China to “promptly respond to the allegations of ‘organ harvesting’ and to allow independent monitoring by international human rights mechanisms.”
To fight the global organ trafficking trade and to specifically address the CCP’s practice of forced organ harvesting, the Stop Forced Organ Harvesting Act of 2021 was introduced in U.S. House (H.R.1592) and Senate (S.602) this spring. This bill expands the U.S. government’s powers to combat organ harvesting, imposes harsher penalties for purchasing organs, prohibits the export of organ transplant surgery devices to entities responsible for human organ trafficking, imposes sanctions on individuals and government officials in countries who support human organ trafficking and forced organ harvesting, and introduces mandatory reporting on human organ trafficking in foreign countries and on U.S. institutions which train organ transplant surgeons.
The practice of forcibly taking organs from prisoners of conscience as a means of punishment and to raise revenue for the government continues in China. This webinar brings together a panel of experts, investigators, and witnesses on this issue of forced organ harvesting to provide updates on related investigation and have discussions on global efforts to end forced organ harvesting in China.
Moderator: Frank Gaffney, Vice Chairman, Committee on Present Danger: China
- Ambassador Andrew Bremberg, President and CEO, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
- Ethan Gutmann, Research Fellow in China Studies, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
- Susie Hughes, Executive Director, End Transplant Abuse Coalition
- Dr. Sean Lin, Communication Director, Falun Dafa Association in Washington DC
- Witness testimony of forced organ harvesting in China
- Dr. Zhiyuan Wang, President of WOIPFG, author of Irrefutable Evidence