China Tribunal

In March 2006 news about forced organ harvesting in China emerged for the first time. Three independent witnesses have publicly stated that some hospitals in China remove organs from imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners without obtaining their consent. The witnesses further stated that the unwilling victims are being incarcerated in facilities that resemble detention centres or concentration camps. Their tissue compatibility is systematically analysed and stored in data banks. This allows Chinese Transplant surgeons to identify and obtain Falun Gong practitioners’ organs including kidney, heart, lungs, pancreas, liver, skin and cornea at short notice. An independent people’s tribunal was established to inquire into forced organ harvesting from, amongst others, prisoners of conscience in China and to investigate what criminal offences, if any, have been committed by state or state-approved bodies, organisations or individuals in China that may have engaged in forced organ harvesting. The Tribunal was chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC who led the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia, at the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. During the the hearings the Tribunal spoke with experts, investigators and fact witnesses who appeared in person and via video link from various locations around the world to present and be questioned on their evidence.

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