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Christian human rights group calls for investigation of forced organ harvesting in China

(Wikimedia Commons/Wrightbus)"Live organ harvesting" in China enacted by practitioners of Falun Gong in Hong Kong.

China Aid, a U.S.-based human rights organization which focuses on the abuses committed against Christians in China, has called for an independent investigation regarding the practice of forced organ harvesting in the Communist regime.

The call for an investigation came after two Canadian lawyers went to the Australian Parliament earlier this week to present a report stating that China performs an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 organ transplants a year.

David Kilgour, a former prosecutor and Canadian secretary of state for Asia-Pacific, and David Matas, a human rights lawyer, said that Muslim Uyghurs, Tibetan Buddhists, Christians and Falun Gong practitioners were the only "plausible explanation" for the sourcing of the organs.

China has previously stated that it had reformed its system to stop the practice of taking organs from executed prisoners but there are still doubts whether the ban has been strictly enforced.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Bob Fu, founder and president of China Aid, applauded the work of Kilgour and Matas and called for an independent investigation to verify their claims.

Fu noted that he has no evidence that Christians are being specifically targeted for organ harvesting but he pointed out a recent case of one prisoner whose organs were taken without permission.

"Although I do not have systematic evidence showing this is massively practiced toward Christian prisoners of conscience yet, the fact [that] one more high profile prisoner Mr Jia Jinglong's organs were bluntly harvested before he was executed unjustly without any consent from his lawyers nor any of his family members last week should certainly and absolutely warrant an independent investigation by a credible international panel," he said.

The BBC reported that Jia was sentenced to death for killing the village chief back in February 2015. He was executed earlier this month despite a major campaign calling on the government to commute his sentence.

Fu said that an independent investigation on organ harvesting is "long overdue" and insisted that the practice has not ended in China despite the Communist Party's denial.

 

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