Date: July 3, 2015
By: Lu Chen and Leo Timm, Epoch Times
For perhaps the last two decades, China’s communist regime is believed to have engaged in the
harvesting of organs from still-living political and religious prisoners. In the early stages, Uyghur muslims are believed to have been targeted, according to researchers; later, it was practitioners of the repressed spiritual group Falun Gong who became the primary source of illicit organs transplants in China.
Investigative researchers estimate that since shortly after 1999, when the Communist Party launched its campaign to destroy Falun Gong, tens of thousands of people have been murdered for their body parts, which are sold to both domestic and international clients.
Though the crime of organ harvesting has been increasingly publicized in the free world since the mid-2000s, the Chinese regime maintains a tight clamp on all information and news about the killing.
Despite this, a mainland Chinese petition condemning organ harvesting has attracted over 50,000 signatures, according to reporting by Minghui.org, a website run by Falun Gong practitioners to document the persecution. Recently, over 5,000 people signed the petition in Hebei, a populous northern province surrounding China’s capital, Beijing. [FULL STORY]