(Clearwisdom.net) Danish mainstream newspaper Information on Friday, May 5, 2006, published a long article entitle "Executed Prisoners' Organs for Sale," written by Martin Gottske. The article elaborated on the CCP's crimes of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners and selling them for profit.
The article explained how organ transplant is a big business in China. Translated excerpts of the article follow.
Donors against Their Will
Human rights groups for several years accused the CCP for harvesting organs from thousands of prisoners executed every year, and by far the most incidents have not obtained consent from the prisoners.
Last month the British Transplant Society joined the accusations against the CCP. Professor Stephen Wigmore, leader of the society's ethics committee, said to BBC, that the speed for matching donors and patients--sometimes within a week--indicates that the "donors" are selected before they are executed. Organ transplant "involves payment of money, and may implicate transplant centers, patients, authorities and courts, accountable for the prisoners," the society said in a statement.
Organs were removed without permission from the prisoners and their relatives, and that the number of transplants made using the organs from executed "is estimated to be several thousand."
But the accusations got new attention in March with a report in a publication associated the spiritual movement Falun Gong. The Epoch Times claimed that a secret prison camp was built in northeast China. Here several thousand Falun Gong practitioners should have been executed. Falun Gong claims that the prisoners here underwent intrusions while still being alive, and that their organs were sold by the state for profit.
"About 4,000 died in order that their organs could be harvested," said Sharon Xu, Falun Gong spokeswoman in Hong Kong in a telephone interview.
Xu thinks that according to Falun Gong, there are 36 such concentration camps. When the report was publicized for the first time, the remaining prisoners were transferred to other similar concentration camps.
Chinese hospitals have made a good business with transplants of livers, hearts and kidneys in recent years. With short delivery time and few administrative blocks, they are attracting a constant flow of foreign patients who could not find donors in their homelands.
According to Chosun Ilbo, South Korea's biggest newspaper, about 1,000 Koreans each year are buying organs in China. On the home page of China's Medical University, it is informed that it costs 62,000 US dollars for a kidney transplant and up to 130,000 US dollars for a liver transplant. In spite of the exorbitant prices, foreign patients continue to come. Not even reports of mismanaged operations and problems with post operation check-ups are able to stop the flow.