An ‘Unprecedented Evil Atrocity’: Countries Urged to Criminalize Forced Organ Harvesting

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Human rights groups are pushing a bill to create an international sanctions network to punish the communist Chinese regime for what they describe as the “unprecedented evil atrocity” of forced organ harvesting.

The bill would make it a crime for anyone to forcibly remove organs from another living person against their will, store or transport the organs, operate facilities to host transplant surgery of these organs, receive the organs, advertise, fund, broker, or profit off the grisly practice through other forms.

The measure was born out of an urgency to stop the abuse at a national level when international bodies had done little to address the issue, according to Theresa Chu, a Taiwan-based human rights lawyer and chair of the advocacy group Legal Commission of Universal Declaration on Combating and Preventing Forced Organ Harvesting, a Taipei-based advocacy group.

Adherents of Falun Gong, a faith group severely persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party for decades, have been the principal victims of forced organ harvesting under the regime’s watch.

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