China’s Transplant Officials Seem to Preempt Book’s Critique

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Days after the publication of a new book on state-run organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China, Chinese authorities have published a flurry of articles, statements, and claims—some of them contradictory—decrying organ trafficking rings, affirming the commitment to no longer using prisoners of conscience, and sternly noting the illegality of organ trading for profit.

It is unclear whether the bout of recent reports from China was a response to The Slaughter, written by American investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann, and published on Aug. 12, or whether the timing was mere coincidence. But Chinese official propaganda has exhibited similar patterns previously.

Defending the System

At a Aug. 16 hospital conference in Beijing, Huang Jiefu, the former vice minister for health and now the head of the China Organ Transplant Committee, managed to combine Party leader Xi Jinping’s theory of the “China dream” with hoped-for improvements in the Chinese organ transplant system.

He was paraphrased to say: “When the China dream is realized, there absolutely will not be people holding others captive to transplant their kidneys, doctors won’t do organ trading, and organs from the judicial system will not be the only source of organs. At that time, voluntary donors who die will be the only organ source.”

Jiang Zemin at Bay in Shanghai

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Jiang Zemin’s days are numbered. The man who dominated Chinese politics for more than two decades is now being investigated in his own backyard, the city of Shanghai.

That Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption investigation team has set up shop in Shanghai has been widely reported. The tell that the investigation is proceeding in earnest appeared in a brief notice on Aug. 11 on the official website of the Shanghai Procuratorate, the department responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.

The very successful businessman Wang Zongnan, the chairman of the Bright Food Group, was arrested for bribery and embezzlement. Those are the crimes that Wang will be tried for, but his real offense is his close connection to former Chinese Communist Party head Jiang Zemin, and Jiang’s son, Jiang Mianheng.

Shanghai was the launching pad for Jiang Zemin’s national political ambitions and has formed the base of his power.

Journalists and Doctors Further Expose and Condemn Organ Harvesting in China

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BY MINGHUI.ORG

Forced organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners has gained more and more attention from journalists, doctors, and human rights activists, as a result of practitioners’ persistent grassroots efforts to raise the awareness. Exposés of this crime against humanity have recently appeared in a new book, and in articles in American Journal of Transplantation and New York Post.

Reports on Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official newspapers have also published contents that pointed to organ harvesting committed by Zhu Yunsong, former deputy director of the Kidney Department at the General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Region. Zhu was arrested at the end of July for “organ transplant abuse.”

An August 9 article titled “China’s Long History of Harvesting Organs from Living Political Foes” in New York Post reviews the decades-long malpractice of live organ harvest from executed prisoners and Falun Gong practitioners.

The article quotes Ethan Gutmann, who recently published a new book The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem, that organ harvesting in still going on in China.

Face The Slaughter

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BY NATIONAL REVIEW

TEN years ago, Ethan Gutmann wrote a book called “Losing the New China: A Story of American Commerce, Desire, and Betrayal.” It was about the sordid relationship between the American business community and the Chinese Communist Party. Our businessmen accommodate themselves to the CCP, and turn a blind eye to persecution. Sometimes they even abet this persecution: as when Cisco and other technology companies devised special ways to monitor and arrest Falun Gong practitioners. Reviewing Gutmann’s book in these pages, I said, “Every once in a while comes a book to stir your slumber, and this is one.”

Gutmann’s new book, The Slaughter, should prevent sleep altogether. It is a stark title, for a stark reality.

The book is about Falun Gong and its practitioners, and the CCP’s relentless persecution of them. Falun Gong is a religion or spiritual philosophy or “mind–body system.” It has its roots in Buddhism and qigong (a relative of yoga). In other words, it is very Chinese — unlike Marxism-Leninism (and Maoism). Its leading tenets are “Truth, Compassion, Forbearance.” The practitioners have had a lot to forbear.

Excerpt from Ethan Gutmann’s book “The Slaughter”

slaughterEthan Gutmann’s new book The Slaughter (Prometheus Books, 2014) reports findings that have been anticipated by investigators and advocates worldwide. Without excessive commentary, Gutmann presents the stark reality of the lived experience of a witness found credible beyond doubt, of her dreams (in italics) and psychological state, and the deeply personal attempts of the victim to subconsciously decipher the medical testing she was subjected to while in forced labor in China. Written with meticulous scrutiny, this book makes a landmark contribution to the body of knowledge of forced organ harvesting.

With a release date of August 12th, the publisher has authorized DAFOH to print the following excerpt: Conclusion of the Wang Yuzhi case (Chapter 6, pp. 185-7)

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“…A woman like Wang had become toxic waste: difficult to bury, dangerous to keep around, and problematic to release. The ambiguity of the government’s position was expressed in an increasingly common procedure: the police would suddenly free a practitioner, having tortured him or her up to imminent death. In the early days that worked like the Sicilian warning of delivering a severed head on the doorstep of a village. Now, with global websites like Minghui.org, a severed head was potentially bad publicity.

The Slaughter – Official Release Today

The launching of The Slaughter will be today(August 12) at National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC. Ethan Gutmann will also be on the Leonard Lopate show at noon on the 13th in NYC to talk about his book.

 

The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem

The inside story of China’s organ transplant business and its macabre connection with internment camps and killing fields for arrested dissidents, especially the adherents of Falun Gong.

Mass murder is alive and well. That is the stark conclusion of this comprehensive investigation into the Chinese state’s secret program to get rid of political dissidents while profiting from the sale of their organs–in many cases to Western recipients. Based on interviews with top-ranking police officials and Chinese doctors who have killed prisoners on the operating table, veteran China analyst Ethan Gutmann has produced a riveting insider’s account–culminating in a death toll that will shock the world.

China’s long history of harvesting organs from living political foes

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Enver Tohti was a surgeon in a hospital in Xinjiang, in the northwestern part of China, when, in June 1995, he was instructed by his superior to prepare for an adventure — surgery in the field.

In the morning, when the doctor and his team arrived at their destination, he realized they were at “the Western Mountain Execution Grounds, which specialized in killing political dissidents.”

“When you hear a gunshot, drive around the hill,” he was told.

He asked why they were there.

“You don’t want to know.”

After the shot rang out, he drove where he was told, and saw “10, maybe 20, bodies lying at the base of the hill.” The police led him to one in particular, a man of “about 30 dressed in navy blue overalls,” and told him that this is the man Tohti would be operating on.

Update on Numbers – Organ Transplants & Sources in China

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Remarks prepared for a parallel and poster presentation to the World Trade Congress, San Francisco, California, USA, 29 July, 2014)

How many organ transplants are there each year in China? What are the sources of these organs?

David Kilgour and I, in a report published first in July 2006 and then January 2007 , concluded that there were 41,500 transplants in the six year period 2000 to 2005 where the only explanation for the sourcing was Falun Gong practitioners. In November 2009, in our book Bloody Harvest, we concluded that, since our report, matters got worse, that there had been an increase in sourcing of organs from Falun Gong practitioners .

The Government of China has acknowledged that organs for transplants done in China has come overwhelmingly from Chinese prisoners. The claim of the Government of China has been that these prisoners who are the sources of organs harvested for transplants are convicted criminals sentenced to death and then executed who consented before execution to the use of their organs for transplants.

Organ Procurement From Executed Prisoners in China

ING63749By The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Organ procurement from executed prisoners in China is internationally condemned, yet this practice continues unabated in 2014. This is despite repeated announce- ments from Chinese authorities that constructive measures have been undertaken to conform to accepted ethical standards. While there is unanimous agreement on the unethical nature of using organs from executed prisoners, due to its limitations on voluntary and informed consent, there is insufficient coverage of forced organ procurement from prisoners of conscience without consent. Strategies to influence positive change in China over the last few decades have failed to bring this practice to an end. While organ donation and transplantation services in China have undergone considerable structural changes in the last few years, fundamental attempts to shift practice to ethically sourced organs have floundered. In this article, we discuss the organ trade in China, reflect upon organ procurement from executed prisoners (including both capital prisoners and prisoners of conscience) and provide an overview of contradictory Chinese efforts to halt forced organ procurement from executed prisoners. Finally, we highlight current actions being taken to address this issue and offer comprehensive recommendations to bring this ethically indefensible practice to an immediate end.

Organ Transplantation Doctor Arrested in China (Video)

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By China Forbidden News – Translated from Chinese

Recently, the crime of organ harvesting from live Falun Gong practitioners has been watched by the international community. The 2014 World Transplant Congress (WTC) was just held in San Francisco between July 26 and 31. The organizer rejected 35 Chinese participants on the grounds of medical ethical.

According to the US Minghui website report on August 1, a Chinese organ transplantation doctor mentioned in the book, Bloody Harvest was arrested a week ago by authorities. Another transplant doctor Wang Haibo, who is also an official of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Health Ministry, was temporarily absent for no reason.

The report said, Canadian human rights lawyer David Matas revealed at the WTC on July 29, the arrested doctor Zhu Yunsong worked in a major hospital and engaged in organ transplantation for many years, authoring numerous articles. The Chinese authorities arrested him on charges of abuse of organ transplantation. Matas said that Zhu admitted himself that he participated in transplantation operation using organs from Falun Gong practitioners.

In China, President of Hospital Tied to Organ Harvesting Investigated

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The president of a hospital in northeastern China’s Jilin Province that has been reported as practicing forced, live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners has been targeted by the Chinese Communist Party’s disciplinary body.

On Aug. 3 the Central Commission Of Discipline Inspection announced that Wang Guanjun, president of The First Hospital Of Jilin University, member of the Party Standing Committee of Jilin University, vice president of Jilin University, and president of Norman Bethune Health Science Center of Jilin University, was under investigation for “serious violations of discipline and law.”

Besides Wang, at least 12 university leaders have been investigated by Party Central this year, and one third of them are from medical universities, according to the state-run Beijing Youth Daily.

The paper reports these 12 investigations as part of the ongoing anti-corruption campaign sweeping through the CCP, and the investigation of Wang will also likely be treated as part of that campaign.

Investigation Leads: Evidence of Forced Organ Harvesting in Handan City

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The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) crime of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners is unprecedented in human history and has been called, “a new form of evil yet to be seen on this planet.”

Since March 2006 when it was first reported that the CCP was harvesting organs from persecuted Falun Gong practitioners and cremating the bodies to destroy the evidence in Sujiatun, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, Falun Gong practitioners in Handan City began their own investigation. It is now believed that such crimes have also taken place in Handan. The following are some investigation leads:

Evidence That the 285 Military Hospital Air-Raid Shelter Detained a Large Number of Practitioners Who Were Used As a Living Bank of Organ Donors

In early June 2006, witnesses saw eight army vehicles, including two ambulances, drive to the 285 Military Hospital from China National Highway 309. Unlike regular ambulances, the ambulances in this convoy were heavily armored. Even more unusual, there was a vehicle at the back with a very large chimney, and the vehicle’s siren sounded quite different from local ambulances.

Participants at the World Transplant Congress Speak Out About Organ Harvesting

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San Francisco—At the World Transplant Congress held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from July 26 to 31, experts from all over the world came to share their latest research and mingle with the best minds in the field. Among the topics of conversation: how the work of saving lives through transplantation is being used to take lives in China.

Professor Jacob Lavee, director of the Heart Transplantation Unit at Israel’s largest medical center and a member of the human rights group Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH), spoke at the conference with Epoch Times about the practice in China of harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience—particularly those who practice the spiritual discipline Falun Gong, which is banned in China.

Transplant Scheduled Two Weeks in Advance

Lavee first became aware of the issue in 2005.

“A patient of mine who had waited for almost a year on top priority list for a heart transplant came to me one day and told me that his insurance company told him to go to China.”

Leading Transplant Doctor in China Mentioned in ‘Transplant Abuse’ Case

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Media reports in China about a court sentencing 12 people for “organ transplant abuse” have in them a riddle. An important figure in China’s medical establishment known to be involved in the forced organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners is mentioned as the key figure in the transplant ring, but the reports don’t say that he was among those sentenced.

The Qingshanhu District People’s Court in Nanchang City of southeastern China’s Jiangxi Province sentenced 12 people up to nine and a half years in prison, for illegally selling human organs in an organized manner, according to a Xinhua report on July 26.

The state-run Legal Daily said that the deputy director of kidney transplantation at the Guangzhou General Hospital, Zhu Yunsong, played an important role in this illegal organ trafficking ring, but Zhu was not mentioned as one of those sentenced.

The organ trafficking group brought to justice this week started its illegal business in early 2011, after Zhu promised to purchase organs from the group, the report said.

House Panel Calls on China to End Organ Harvesting

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WASHINGTON—On Wednesday the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee endorsed a resolution calling on China to immediately end what it calls state-sanctioned harvesting of human organs from prisoners.

Human rights groups have long criticized China for taking organs from executed prisoners, the source of most transplanted organs.

The resolution, which now goes to the full House, contends there are “persistent and credible reports” of state-sanctioned organ harvesting from nonconsenting prisoners including large numbers from the Falun Gong meditation practice and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups. China banned Falun Gong in 1999.

The resolution also calls for a State Department investigation into transplant practices in China.

“A Shame for Mankind”: World Transplant Congress Attendees Condemn Organ Harvesting in China

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The science of organ transplants is supposed to help save people, but not in China. Under communist rule, organ harvesting has been used as an extreme measure to eradicate and profit from Falun Gong practitioners. They are killed and their organs harvested on demand for “organ tourism” patients.

Attendees of the World Transplant Congress at San Francisco’s Moscone West Convention Center are being apprised of this ongoing crime against humanity, as they convene and share the latest in the industry.

“Help to Stop Forced Organ Harvesting in China,” the Falun Gong banner announced to the 7,000 specialists attending the conference. Many of them signed the petition, calling for a thorough investigation and an end to forced organ harvesting in China.

Dr. Broumand, a kidney transplant expert from Iran, said that organ harvesting is immoral and in violation of the Declaration of Istanbul of 2008, which provides ethical guidelines for practices in organ donation and transplantation.

Speakers Expose the Transplants That Take Lives

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Doctors from around the world met in San Francisco for the World Transplant Congress held at Moscone Center West July 26–31.

The meetings and discussions inside the hall focus on complex medical procedures and the collaboration of doctors around the world.

Meanwhile, outside on the sidewalk, there was a protest for human rights.

Falun Gong practitioners came from around the Bay Area to protest forced organ harvesting in China. They hope the Transplant Society will employ more effective methods and active steps to end the killing of Falun Gong practitioners, whose organs are involuntarily removed and sold for profit to transplant patients, a scheme first uncovered in 2006.

“There are several victims here who have narrowly escaped China’s notorious labor camps, and who were potential victims of forced organ harvesting,” said Alicia Zhao, coordinator of a press event on Tuesday morning in front of the Moscone Center.

“Most of them tell the stories of having blood being drawn regularly while in detention. We all know this was not done out of a humanitarian reason, as they were tortured on a regular basis, and some to death,” she said.

Mr Engel Opening Statement on H.Res. 281at Full Committee Markup

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WASHINGTON, DC-Representative Eliot L. Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today delivered the following remarks at a full Committee markup of a resolution expressing concern over reports of state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China (H.Res. 281).

“Chairman, thank you for holding this important markup…”

“I also support H.Res. 281, introduced by my friend Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and the Royce amendment to that resolution.  This measure shines a light on disturbing allegations that China has engaged inorgan harvesting from prisoners, including Falun Gong practitioners and ethnic Uighurs.

“Forced organ harvesting is an unconscionable violation of human rights. The targeting of individuals based on their faith or ethnicity is equally deplorable and must not be tolerated.

Ethan Gutmann’s The Slaughter – Book Teaser

THE SLAUGHTER: MASS KILLINGS, ORGAN HARVESTING, AND CHINA’S SECRET SOLUTION TO ITS DISSIDENT PROBLEM

The inside story of China’s organ transplant business and its macabre connection with internment camps and killing fields for arrested dissidents, especially the adherents of Falun Gong.

Mass murder is alive and well. That is the stark conclusion of this comprehensive investigation into the Chinese state’s secret program to get rid of political dissidents while profiting from the sale of their organs–in many cases to Western recipients. Based on interviews with top-ranking police officials and Chinese doctors who have killed prisoners on the operating table, veteran China analyst Ethan Gutmann has produced a riveting insider’s account–culminating in a death toll that will shock the world.

Why would the Chinese leadership encourage such a dangerous perversion of their medical system? To solve the puzzle, Gutmann journeyed deep into the dissident archipelago of Falun Gong, Tibetans, Uighurs and House Christians, uncovering an ageless drama of resistance, eliciting confessions of deep betrayal and moments of ecstatic redemption.

In an age of compassion fatigue, Gutmann relies on one simple truth: those who have made it back from the gates of hell have stories to tell. And no matter what baggage the reader may bring along, their preconceptions of China will not survive the trip.

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New Book Exposes Inhuman Sexual Torture in Masanjia Labor Camp

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Vaginal Coma, a new book revealing the brutal sexual torture of female Falun Gong practitioners and petitioners detained in Masanjia Labor Camp in China, was published in Hong Kong on July 21.

The book is by former New York Times photojournalist Du Bin. In May 2013 he released in Hong Kong a documentary film on the same topic, Above the Ghosts’ Heads: The Women of Masanjia Labor Camp. In 2011 Du published the book Toothbrush in 2011 in Taiwan on the torture of Falun Gong practitioners.

“As a human being, there’s no reason or excuse to tolerate the atrocities that happened in ‘Masanjia Women’s Labor Camp,’ including the long-time use of a uterine dilator for tube feeding women, making women lie in their own waste, tying up several toothbrushes and twisting them in women’s vaginas, putting pepper powder in women’s vaginas, shocking women’s breasts and vaginas with electric batons, and putting women into male cells …” the author Duwrote on twitter after the release of the book.