BY ETHAN GUTMANN Beijing’s ‘New Frontier’ is ground zero for the organ harvesting of political prisoners. To figure out what is taking place today in a closed society such as northwest China, sometimes you have to go back a decade, sometimes more. One clue might be found on a hilltop near southern Guangzhou, on a…
The House of Representatives of the state of Illinois passed a resolution in late February that called on the U.S. government to investigative the source of tens of thousands of organ transplants in China, many of them thought to have come from practitioners of Falun Gong who were murdered expressly for the purpose.
The legislature called the practice “revolting” and asked President Obamato “take all reasonable steps” to bring an end to it.
It also described the practice of Falun Gong, the circumstances of its persecution, and the state of human rights in China broadly.
Reports and evidence that practitioners of Falun Gong were harvested for their organs in China emerged starting in 2006. In that year a Canadian human rights attorney, David Matas, and a former parliamentarian, David Kilgour, published a reporting indicating that around 41,500 organs are suspected to have come from Falun Gong victims from 2000 to 2005.