India is a secular nation and there is freedom to follow any faith. This kind of freedom unfortunately is not available in our neighbouring country China. In China, Tibetan Buddhists, Uighur Muslims, some Christian faiths and practitioners of Falun Gong meditation system are under barbaric persecution for many years. They are arrested, imprisoned, tortured and often killed. In China, illegal trade of organs worth billions of dollars is being done, in which the prisoners are even murdered for their organs.
We are writing this article to expose the atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against Falun Gong, a peaceful spiritual practice, and want to tell you why this information is relevant to us.
What is Falun Gong?
Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa) is an ancient spiritual practice based on Buddha and Tao schools. This is a complete system of mind and body which consists of five gentle and effective exercises, but stress is given on cultivation of moral character. This practice leads people to compassion and is extremely beneficial for health.
Falun Gong was started in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi in China. Today it is being practiced in more than 114 countries around the world.
Falun Gong and its founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi, have been awarded with over 1500 awards and proclamations worldwide. Mr. Li Hongzhi has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and the Sakharov Award for Independent Thoughts.
Persecution of Falun Gong in China
Due to its health benefits and spiritual teachings, Falun Gong became so popular in China that by 1999, 7 to 10 Crore people started practicing it. The membership of the Chinese Communist Party was 6 Crore at that time. The then Chinese premier Jiang Zemin considered Falun Gong a threat to his sovereignty and despite its peaceful nature, banned it on July 20, 1999.
For the last 20 years, Falun Gong practitioners are facing torture, murder, brainwash, imprisonment, rape, forced labour, propaganda, condemnation, looting, and economic deprivation in China. The scope of torture is huge and the number of cases registered by human rights organizations is in tens of thousands.
Illegal human organ harvesting crime in China
In the past few years, China has emerged as a tourist centre for organ transplantation at international level. Thousands of people go there for organ transplantation. But they do not know where these organs come from. It is surprising that the waiting period for organ transplantation in China is very low – only a few weeks. In other countries, it takes years to find a matching organ. So how is this possible?
It seems incredible, but for organ transplantation in China, the organs come not only from the prisoners who received death penalty, but also from a large number of imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners. The annual turnover of China’s illegal human organ transplantation industry is over $ 1 billion.
It has been revealed by independent investigations that the Chinese government, in collusion with government hospitals, is involved in the crime of illegal human organ trafficking. Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been killed in this inhuman act. Disturbed by these reports, former Canadian Secretary of State David Kilgour and human rights lawyer David Matas started investigation on this subject. They released their140 page report in 2006, in which the allegations were confirmed. According to the Kilgour and Matas report, about 41,500 organ transplants were performed in China between 2000 and 2005, where the source of the organs is unknown.
According to independent investigator and China Specialist Ethan Gutmann’s book “The Slaughter”, 65,000 Falun Gong practitioners were killed in China between 2000 and 2008 for their organs.
Many countries started taking stricter steps since 2006 when they found evidence of the murder of Falun Gong practitioners for organ harvesting in China. Governments from Australia, Taiwan, Spain, Israel and Italy have imposed restrictions on tourism for organ transplants in China for their citizens. The American Congress passed the order by Bill H.RES.281 to stop the practice of organ transplants from China. In 2013, the European Parliament passed a bill to prevent the practice of illegal human organ harvesting in China. Our hope is that India will also take steps to highlight this crime against humanity and ensure that Indians do not unknowingly participate in this organ harvesting crime.
Why is it relevant to India?
The relationship between India and China has been tense for some time now. To pressurize India, China has been using the Masood Azhar issue, Arunachal Pradesh, Doklam controversy etc. But China itself is standing at the crossroads today. On the one side is the Chinese Communist Party, whose history is full of lies and deceits, cheating and frauds. On the other hand, the voices of democracy and secularism are rising. Even though China today is an important economic power and is a member of the United Nations Security Council, its citizens are not free.
Ideology and policies of the Chinese Communist Party contradict everything that represents an ancient culture and modern democracy like India. China has a lot to learn from India. India should condemn human rights abuses in China. India needs to play a decisive role in ending illegal human organ harvesting in China. This thinking can give India the stance of a world leader. We are eager to see India stand in favour of humanity and stand on the right side of history.
Suran Rao, President
Falun Dafa Association of India
For more information on this topic, please visit this page: http://infouncensoredchina.net/
International Initiative and Legislation: http://www.stoporganharvesting.org/international-initiatives-legislations/
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Read more at the Medical Society’s answers: http://endorganpillaging.org/journal-articles/
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