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By: Olivia Yang
Several investigations into allegations of organ harvesting in China have been carried out throughout
the past decade, but a recent update indicates the issue is more serious than previously thought..
Ten years ago a series of investigations were launched into allegations of organ harvesting of Falun Gong (Falun Dafa) practitioners in China by Chinese authorities.
David Kilgour and David Matas stated the process with their research, Bloody Harvest, which was then followed by Ethan Gurmann’s The Slaughter. The three researchers have remained active in investigating organ transplant abuses in China, and recently released an update on the issue.
Results from previous investigations in Bloody Harvest show that between 2000 and 2005, approximately 41,500 organs, from an official number of 10,000 transplants a year, came from Falun Gong followers. The research also includes what the authors call evidence that the Chinese government was behind the crime.
The Falun Gong movement was started in 1992; in 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a campaign of repression against its practitioners. “Those who did the exercises after the repression campaign was launched were arrested and asked to denounce the practice. Those who did so were released. Those who did not were tortured,” Kilgour and Matas observed. [FULL STORY]