The two NGOs, CAP Liberté de Conscience and Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting, co-organized a series of two side events to the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council on March 22 and March 23, 2022. The themes of the series addressed central topics of society and humankind: freedom of conscience and physical integrity.
The crime of forcibly removing organs from living non-consenting prisoners for profit, for the purpose of transplantation, research or other medical procedures, commonly known as forced organ harvesting, poses a great danger to humankind as it violates universal ethical values, moral principles of life and human dignity, thus turning the medical profession into an abusive practice. In that process, persecuted prisoners of conscience in China, primarily Falun Gong are being killed (executed) and thus becoming the human sources of those organs.
Forced organ harvesting and organ trafficking is a growing issue, particularly for impoverished peoples. The victims have their organs taken from them and sold illegally. While the trafficker makes a large profit, the victim is left with little to no money and must deal with the significant health issues that come with the practice. As noted by the United Nations, the practice of forced organ harvesting is expanding in China to the detriment of China’s minority populations.
Bipartisan legislation to combat forced organ harvesting introduced in Senate and House