side-event to the Human Rights Council 49th Session
Organized by CAP Liberté de Conscience (ECOSOC since 2016) and co-organized by DAFOH (Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting)
Date 22 March 2022
Time 14h – 15h30 (Geneva Time)
International experts will speak at this conference to share their concerns about forced organ harvesting.
Forced organ harvesting from living prisoners of conscience has occurred for over two decades in the People’s Republic of China. Independent investigations and the recent China Tribunal chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice have produced an irrefutable amount of evidence and led to a unanimous judgement.
In September 2021, a coalition of 5 NGOs organized and hosted the World Summit on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting with 38 speakers from 19 countries. Lord Philip Hunt, UK, described the forced organ harvesting as “commercialized murder and without doubt, among the worst of crimes”.
On June 14, 2021, the United Nations published a statement by 12 UN Special Rapporteurs and experts, reflecting the aforementioned concerns. The UN human rights experts were alarmed by reports of alleged ‘organ harvesting’ targeting minorities, including Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghurs, Tibetans, Muslims and Christians, in detention in China. The experts call on China to respond to the allegations of ‘organ harvesting’ and to allow independent monitoring by international human rights mechanisms.
Given the severity of the claims, the urgency of immediately stopping the killing of tens of thousands of people for their organs, and the increasing amount of concerned people—investigators, parliaments, China Tribunal, UN Special Rapporteurs and the World Summit—we propose to come together and unite our voices at a side event during the 49th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. We hope to engage your participation in order to stop this crime against humanity.
The event will be virtual and host a panel of witnesses and experts, followed by a Q&A session.