China Harvesting Human Organs From Minorities, Including Uyghur Muslims, For Sale: Activists Tell UN
China is indicted for harvesting human organs from the persecuted minority groups – Uyghur Muslims and Falun Gong religious group.
The accusation made by a human rights lawyer, Hamid Sabi, a representative of the China Tribunal, an independent organization, headed by British Lawyer Sir Geoffery Nice, who probed the matter.
Sabi took the case to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) accusing the Chinese government of mass slaughtering the Uyghurs and Falun to procure their organs.
The lawyer urged the United Nations to investigate and bring an end to this genocide. “Forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience, including the religious minorities of Falun Gong and Uyghurs, has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale,” Sabi told the UNHRC on September 24, Tuesday.
The tribunal’s final report on the genocide and physical abuse committed by the Chinese government cited that the government-sanctioned doctors “slit [victims’ bodies] to procure their kidneys, livers, hearts, lungs, cornea and skin to market upon the organs by transmuting them into commodities for sale.”
China continues to deny the use of unethical organ transplant practices and said that it stopped using organs from executed prisoners in 2015. In a statement earlier this year, it accused the London-based China Tribunal of fomenting “rumours”.
The organ transplant industry is estimated to make more than $1bn a year in China, according to the tribunal. Sir Geoffrey called on the International Transplant Society and national medical associations dealing with transplant surgery to “face up to what is revealed in the China Tribunal judgment and act”.
Some countries, including Italy, Spain, Israel and Taiwan, already have restrictions in place for those seeking to travel to China for organ transplant surgery.
However, it’s not the first time China’s name came into news for torturing the natives of Xinjiang, a Turkey minority ethnic group. China has repeatedly tortured the Uyghur tribe to maintain its hegemony over Xinjiang.
History Of Torture
The tension rose between Han Chinese(natives of China), backed by the state police and Uyghur Muslim tribe to claim the Xinjiang Province in 1931. In order to bring Uyghurs on the leash, the Chinese government extended heavy-handed response through mass surveillance, increased arrests, and a system of re-education camps, estimated to hold thousands of Uyghurs and members of other Muslim minority groups.
It is estimated that over 100,000 Uyghurs are currently held in political ‘re-education’ camps
China imposed a series of bans and a strict crackdown on the Uyghurs. The tribe had also sought Pakistan’s aid when they were denied a visit to Mecca in 90s. However, Pakistan denied extending help to the community at the cost of severing the burgeoning ties with China.