CHINA: ILLICIT ORGAN TRADE CONTINUES UNABATED
January 17, 2011: Illegal organ harvesting has become worse under reforms put in place by the Chinese leadership to stop it, says David Matas, a Canadian human rights lawyer.
After the allegations hit the mainstream press, in July 2006 the Chinese regime passed a law banning the sale of organs without the consent of the donor. However, Matas says the killing of Falun Gong prisoners of conscience in China for their organs has actually increased since then. â€śThere remains a discrepancy between the volume of transplants and the volume of sources,â€ť he told The Epoch Times from his home in Regina.
â€śIf anything the discrepancy is increasing, because the death penalty is going down and transplant volumes are going up. So if you look at it simply in terms of death penalty statistics and volume of transplants, then weâ€™d have to conclude that the problem is not just continuing but getting worse.â€ť
The regime admitted in 2005 that it had been harvesting the organs of prisoners on death row, a practice that started in the mid-1980s.
â€śAs for death penalty statistics, China doesnâ€™t produce them, but my own calculation was that theyâ€™d have to be executing people at the rate of 30,000 a year to produce organs for the volume of people that theyâ€™re transplanting, and nobody suggests that they come anywhere close to that,â€ť Matas says.
In remarks given at given at a Congressional-Executive Commission on China roundtable in June 2010, author Ethan Gutmann said that the theft of organs has spread from the Falun Gong population to imprisoned Uighurs, Christians, and Tibetans.
In â€śChinaâ€™s Gruesome Organ Harvest,â€ť Gutmann interviewed several Falun Gong practitioners who had been blood- and organ-tested while incarcerated to gage their suitability as a donorâ€”something Matas says is still going on. (Source: The Epoch Times, 17/01/2011)