Unethical Organ Harvesting of China: Crime Against Humanity


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Organ donation is a gift of life. Everyone is encouraged to donate their organs. Every year, hundreds of people die as a result of not getting a transplant.

The world is a global market nowadays. Organ harvesting is done and organs are forcefully taken away. This can bring in huge money. This clearly is a human rights violation. China has been accused of organ harvesting for many years. The income generated is estimated to be more than a billion dollars through organ transplants.

Recently China was accused of its unethical organ transplants. People from minority groups like Uyghur Muslims and Falun Gong were persecuted for organs. The matter was taken into the United Nations Human Rights Council. The minority groups are harvested for kidneys, heart, lungs, corneas, and skin, according to the China Tribunal.

The Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China or the China Tribunal is a pressure group campaigning for organ harvesting. It is backed by the Australian human rights charity. The final judgment of the tribunal was delivered in June 2019. But the judgment has no legal backing.  The victims and families have their hopes pinned to this people’s tribunal. The tribunal was lead by a world- prominent lawyer, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC. The ultimate goal of the tribunal was to reflect on the unethical and immoral crimes committed related to organ harvesting.

China has been practicing illegal detention, torture, forced organ harvesting and genocide for the purpose of profit-making for years and still continues to do so. But they deny the same. They, however, admit that organ harvesting took place before 2015.

This heinous crime came into light during 2001. Tourism had increased in China during the 2000s, largely due to the availability of donors. Massive number of transplants took place which set off doubts. This was mainly because China was making huge amounts of transplants while in other countries people had to wait for long for donors. Furthermore, most tourists were medical tourists from well off countries like the US, UK, etc.


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