China: Stop Organ Harvesting from the Uyghur People!
Torchlight Uyghur Group
The Uyghur people have been the victims of state-sponsored criminal policies carried out by the Chinese government for many decades. We have exposed some of the antihuman crimes of the Chinese government committed against the Uyghurs in East Turkestan in our previous petitions. In this petition, we are exposing one of the most heinous crimes of the Chinese government, namely, organ harvesting from the Uyghur people.
Organ harvesting in China started in the 1960s and it became a systematic state-sponsored crime by 2015. It is hard to estimate the official number of victims of organ harvesting, however, based on the Chinese media, there are some ten thousand people who participate in visceral transplant surgery each year (although according to some estimates this number varies from 60-100 thousand). “Harvested Alive - 10 Years of Investigations” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s84avaf0l4&t=903s) – a Chinese documentary film about organ harvesting reports that “tens of thousands of people are secretly executed in China and their organs are harvested for the transplant surgery. Who are these victims? These people are mostly Uyghurs, Tibetans, underground Christians and Falun Gong practitioners, who are locked up for political and religious reasons by the Chinese government”. The same documentary also stated that the organ harvesting crime is supported by the Chinese government’s Law and Supervision organizations. Since 1999, many Nazi-style labor camps have been built throughout China to detain such “state criminals” who can be executed without trial and without any legal basis in order to harvest their organs. In March, 2006, Anne and Peter testified against the organ harvesting crimes committed by the Chinese government in the court and revealed that the main victims of such heinous crimes were the Uyghurs, Tibetans, underground Christians, and Falun Gong practitioners (www.epochweekly.com/b5/271/10685.htm). The same crimes were also reported in a two-volume documentary film “Cast-Iron Evidences” produced by Wang Jiyuan, MD, who worked for the 4th division of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Hospital and arrived in the United States in 1995. Dr. Wang produced this documentary after 10 years of independent research (www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpHz9RUgp-c&t=3425s), revealing the ugly truth behind the organ harvesting and its victims in China and documenting how the organ harvesting business rapidly grew after the year of 2000, although it started long before that in East Turkestan. According to the film, since 2000 organ harvesting has increased by more than 5000 times annually. Between 2000 and 2006, the organ harvesting and transplant surgeries became such a huge business in China that almost all of the hospitals were involved. Their advertisements covered a wide range of services, claiming to provide sufficient and quality organs for their patients.
Enver Toxti, a medical doctor who worked at the Urumchi Railway Hospital, in East Turkestan, said that he witnessed organ harvesting operations when he was in China. He accepted an invitation from British Channel 4 reporters when he was visiting Turkey in 1998, and returned to East Turkestan to participate in collecting evidences for the documentary “Death on the Silk Road”. This documentary exposed the 30 years of nuclear weapons testing by the Chinese Government in Lopnur, in East Turkestan and its health consequences on Uyghur populations (www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PRb8Xcdxp8). He arrived in England in 1999 and testified against China’s organ harvesting crimes in the European Parliament, Canada, Israel, and in the United States. He also published several reports in the international media regarding this issue. According to his writings, human organs from the anonymous sources provide the Chinese human organ markets with strong and stable resources. To make it more convenient for this market, Chinese airlines created special VIP boarding passes as the hospitals opened up new emergency organ transplant departments. Patients have to wait only 1-2 weeks for the surgery; some hospitals even advertised free organ transplant surgery for its patients to spread the word. Enver Toxti tells a painful and unforgettable story about his first organ harvesting operation. He was ordered to take the inner organs of a still-alive person (inmate) as quickly as possible. He remembers that “When I was working at the hospital in the 1990s, some Uyghur parents would express their concerns about their detained children after they were released from the prisons and would ask us to make some checks on their physical health, as their children started exhibiting abnormal physical conditions after their release. As a result, we found some scars on them from the surgeries operated without the knowledge of their parents.” He reported that the Chinese government started organ harvesting experiments on Uyghurs, but it wasn’t reported internationally for the reasons that the Uyghurs and their misfortunes were not well-known since they were considered as “internal matters” of China. Another reason was that, after the Falun Gong movement, their crackdown by the Chinese government was widely known in the international community, and the news and media reports were mainly concentrated on the stories of organ harvesting from the Falun Gong members, completely neglecting the Uyghur population. There was an article published in the December 5th, 2011 issue of the Weekly Standard on this topic, titled “The Xinjiang Procedure - Beijing’s ‘New Frontier’ is ground zero for the organ harvesting of political prisoners” (http://www.weeklystandard.com/the-xinjiang-procedure/article/610145). In this article, the authors reported the misfortunes of Uyghur people under the CCP dictatorship since 1949, the environmental pollution as a result of the nuclear weapons testing in East Turkestan since 1960 and the increased cancer rates as a result, and the speculation over the 1997-Ghulja massacre, and the people who died and disappeared as well as their relationship with the Chinese government’s organ harvesting program. The article also told the vivid story with strong evidence of an executed Uyghur criminal whose organs were harvested while he was still alive after the execution and concluded that organ harvesting started in East Turkestan much earlier than the other places in China. On the 26th of March, 2006, Huang Jiefu, the Deputy Minister of the Chinese Health Ministry, gave a speech at “The Second Conference of Liver Transplant” and stated that “at present, there are more than 500 hospitals around the country that operate about 3500 liver transplant surgeries each year.” In November of the same year, he concluded in another speech at the “The Clinical Application of the Human Organ Transplant and its Control” conference that from 2000 to 2004, there were 28736 kidney transplant surgeries, 5642 liver transplant surgeries and 273 heart transplants performed in China, resulting in an average of 5747 kidney, 1128 liver, and 54.6 heart transplants in each year. Another paper published in the “Journal of Chinese Medicine Theory” in 2009 reported the statistical data on the organ transplants from 2000 to 2008; the authors concluded that during this period, there were 86800 kidney, 14643 liver, and 707 heart transplant surgeries took place in China, which means an average of 9644 kidney, 1627 liver, and 78.5 heart transplants in each year. From these data it is not very hard to see that organ transplant surgeries in China almost tripled between 2005 and 2008.
After China’s crimes of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners were exposed by the international media, the Chinese authorities eventually admitted that the sources of human organs were executed criminals, even though the Chinese government has constantly denied the existence of illegal organ harvesting crimes in China. The sad fact is that, although the number of people executed for their crimes has been decreasing each year by 10% and less people are being executed in recent years (http://www.ntdtv.com/xtr/gb/2017/10/07/a1345629.html, http://www.china.com.cn/chinese/health/666587.htm), the thrive of the organ harvesting market in China shows that even those people who are not scheduled to be executed but detained are the main targets of the organ harvesting. An article published on the 26th of October, 2006 on the Xin Hua Net stated that China ranks number two in the world for the number of the organ transplants, and the transplant techniques have been much improved since the first organ transplant operation in 1966, becoming the mainstream method for the patients with organ failures. It was also stated that in order to ensure a healthy development of the organ harvesting market, it is necessary to make relevant laws and regulations. (http://health.sohu.com/20061026/n246010278.shtml).
Sina.com (http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2017-12-17/doc-ifyptfcn1510600.shtml) estimated on their December 27, 2017 report that China will become the world’s number 1 organ transplant country by 2020. When compared to a country like the United States, which has a large number of organ donors, one can’t help but question how come China with such a low number of donors can become the world’s top ranking country in organ transplant in such a short time? Are they saying it with such a confidence because they consider the estimated 1 million Uyghurs detained in China’s Nazi-style concentration camps in East Turkestan as their organ harvesting target? Many reports have been published on the Chinese government’s collection of the biological samples, such as blood, from the whole Uyghur population without informing them and without their consent, and making the “physical checkups” mandatory for the entire Uyghur population between the ages of 12 and 65 since 2016. One can’t stop but speculate the interrelations of these events and the hidden truth behind them.
In 2017, the prominent Chinese dissident Guo Wengui revealed a shocking news of killing of 5 Uyghurs to perform a liver transplant for the son of Jiang Zemin, the former General Secretary of the CCP. Mr. Guo also exposed that Meng Jianhong and his girlfriends also used Uyghur’s organs for their organ transplants. Mr. Guo further revealed the detainment of a 21-year Uyghur male from a hotel in Beijing without any reason and his killing for the organ harvesting for the CCP leaders and their family members. He informed the world that he holds real evidences for the above-mentioned crimes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x9s9-6Ueqg), (https://freedomsherald.wordpress.com/2017/11/22/chinese-exiled-billionaire-guo-wengui-exposes-chinas-abuse-of-the-uyghurs).
We, the Torchlight Uyghur Group, consider the organ harvesting from Uyghurs as a state terrorism and a heinous act that is being carried out by a coordinated effort between the Chinese government and the Chinese hospitals. We also consider this crime as a genocide targeting the innocent and helpless Uyghur people in East Turkestan.
We appeal to the United Nations, foreign governments and all international humanitarian and human rights organizations to break their silence on this heinous crime, and to understand and remember the fact that innocent Uyghurs are imprisoned and being killed in East Turkestan, in their own land, by the Chinese dictatorship. We call for the people of the world to realize the Chinese government’s act as a crime against the whole humanity and demand the Chinese government to stop all the state terrorism towards Uyghurs!
We, the Uyghurs, are powerless and helpless at the moment. As such, we are unable to defend ourselves against the Chinese government’s atrocities and cannot fight this battle for our survival alone. We need the support of the global community. If tens of thousands of people from around the world sign our petition, it may be possible that the United Nations will make a commitment and will act to stop the tragedy that the Uyghur people are facing today.
Please join us in our fight to end the appalling atrocities happening in East Turkestan. Please sign and share this petition. Thank you!