Are prisoners really executed in China and their organs taken without consent?
Yes. This petition addresses two types of prisoners who are known to have their organs harvested
without consent. One type of prisoner are criminals who have been tried through the
court system in China and executed. The other type are prisoners of conscious who are imprisoned without trial
because of their belief in a Buddha school practice called Falun Gong.
In 1993, Amnesty International reported organ harvesting from prisoners on a widespread scale.
In 1994, Human Rights Watch also provided compelling evidence which included text of a government
decree on the subject. 
In 2005, The Times reported that although China has denied for many years that organ harvesting
of prisoners as a trade exists, Huang Jiefu, the Deputy Health Minister, acknowledged that the practice
is indeed widespread. The article explains the main reason for using prisoners: "The supply of organs in
China is severely restricted because of religious traditions that require the body to be whole when it
enters the afterlife."
In China now there are 320 offences that carry the death penalty, including many non-violent white-collar
crimes. The exact number of executions in the People's Republic of China (PRC) is a "state secret" but
Amnesty International reports that at least 1,770 executions are definitely known to have been
carried out in 2005 with a further 3,400 being put on death row. The general view among China watchers
is that these figures are only the tip of the iceberg, with estimates of the real annual number of
executions ranging from 8,000 to 15,000.
Communist China annually executes four times more people than the rest of the world put together.
Despite the fact that the death penalty has been categorically shown to be ineffective as a deterrent,
the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is not looking at how to move to a more enlightened position on
this issue, but rather how they can execute more people more efficiently, namely they are now incorporating
"death vans" where prisoners are executed and their organs are removed efficiently in the van.
Unfortunately in China today miscarriages of justice are all too common. Prisoners are
frequently condemned to death, for what we would consider relatively minor offences, on dubious
circumstantial evidence without adequate legal representation. Government cadres are given preferential
status for organ procurement and the transplant hospitals comply with this since they want the court
to help in arranging a steady supply of executed prisoners' organs. Execution dates are scheduled to
conform with patient transplantation needs, rather than with the strict requirements of due legal
Faced with accumulating evidence and numerous media reports, on 19 April 2006 the British
Transplantation Society (BTS) publicly condemned the practice of extracting organs from executed
prisoners as an "unacceptable" human rights violation.
Falun Gong prisoners of conscience:
Falun Gong is a meditation practice and the most popular QiGong (ChiGong) in China's history.
When the Chinese Communist Party conducted a survey in late 1998 and found that 70-100 million
people were practising it,
the communist regime launched a brutal crackdown on Falun Gong in 1999, believing the popularity of the
meditation practice threatened the officially atheistic ideology of the state. The leader of the
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) gave the direct order to "Destroy their reputation, bankrupt them
financially and annihilate them physically."
There are an estimated 3 million Falun Gong practitioners in detention presently based on
the United States Department of State Report which tells us that about half the people in Chinese labour camps
are Falun Gong and the Laogai Foundation which says there’s 6.8 million people in labour camps currently.
Other than the prisoners on death row, Falun Gong are the only people detained who are blood tested
and tissue sampled while in detention.
Since the ban, these tens of millions of Falun Gong practitioners have been placed outside the
protection of the law in China. They are refused education and social support, fired from their jobs,
imprisoned without trial, and are tortured in forced labour camps, where deaths of Falun Gong
practitioners are ordered to "count as suicide". Many practitioners who were arrested often refuse
to disclose their names and personal details for fear of implicating their families, friends and
This situation makes Falun Gong practitioners particularly vulnerable, since the regime (which works
very closely with organ transplant hospitals) can remove
their organs without being held accountable for their actions. Victims' family members have no way
of knowing what is happening to them and when it is too late, no legal recourse afterwards.
With the need for organs far exceeding the thousands of executed prisoners per year (the state news
agency, Xinhua estimates 2 million transplants are needed per year), and in
a country that has no ethical problem with using prisoners as live organ banks (in fact they
have such a long history of using prisoners and society is not encouraged to donate organs, that they
don't actually have an organ donor system in place), it doesn't take much
imagination to suspect that Falun Gong prisoners of conscience are being used as a live organ pool.
But imagination is not necessary, since a report has been done containing over 50 pieces of evidence showing
that this horrific situation is currently happening in China. This report is by former Canadian Secretary
of State (Asia-Pacific) David Kilgour, and international human rights lawyer, David Matas. The evidence
includes things such as recorded conversations with doctors at Chinese transplant hospitals who
openly admit that they use Falun Gong organs. This report can be read or downloaded from:
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Detention, Manfred Nowak, talked about this report in an interview. 
He said, "The two Canadians are drawing clear conclusions. The chain of
evidence they are documenting shows a coherent picture that causes concern."
"It´s a fact that Falun Gong is being suppressed since 1999. It is
incontestable that since the beginning of the repressions against Falun Gong
the number of Organ transplantations has increased massively."
Gong-followers are ideal organ donators because of their lifestyle and the
sociological typology of the members are ideal organ donators. They don´t
smoke, they don´t drink, and most of them are aged between 25 and 35 years."
"Speaking about the Canadian Report, one can see that there is a downright market and a
big willingness, e.g. from hospitals, to accommodate potential customers.
They promise to fulfil the requirements in very short time. Within a few
weeks one receives an organ. That implies a high level of organization."
What does the Chinese regime say about this?
In response to the massive media attention to this subject the CCP put into place regulations.
However, Amnesty International notes the introduction, in China, of new regulations
on organ transplants on 1 July 2006 banning the buying and selling of
organs. However, questions remain about how well the regulations will be
enforced, particularly in view of the high commercial value of organ sales
in China. Amnesty International also notes that the regulations fail to
address the basic issue of the source of organs for transplantation.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Dr. Manfred Nowak, has repeatedly questioned
Beijing on this issue, but to date China's communist government has done little to dispute
the Kilgour-Matas report's findings and
evidence of its accuracy, said David Matas in July 2008.
In November 2008, the United Nations Committee Against Torture examined China's compliance
with the Convention Against Torture, which China signed in 1988, and published its recommendations and observations.
The recommendations state that the Chinese regime should: "... immediately conduct or commission an independent
investigation of the claims that some Falun Gong practitioners have been subjected to torture and used for organ
transplants and take measures, as appropriate, to ensure that those responsible for such abuses are prosecuted and
In August 2009, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Dr. Manfred Nowak stated "The Chinese government has yet to
come clean and be transparent," said Nowak in an interview. "It remains to be seen how it could be possible that
organ transplant surgeries in Chinese hospitals have risen massively since 1999, while there are never that many
voluntary donors available." The accusations remain, said Nowak. "They were denied, but the Chinese government
has not invalidated them, but on the other hand they haven´t been proven either. This makes for a difficult dilemma—one
that only be resolved if China is willing to cooperate. And that is what is lacking."
Nowak has submitted two reports to the U.N. Human Rights Council formally requesting the Chinese regime respond
to the allegations. The report states, in part, that, "The [Falun Gong] practitioners were given injections to
induce heart failure, and therefore were killed in the course of the organ harvesting operations or immediately thereafter."
"Nothing seems to have changed for the better," said Nowak. “We lack exact statistics. I cannot say if
the situation has changed since I left China. But I have no reason to assume anything has turned for the better,
because I have not had any such hints. The majority of the inmates in these [forced labour] camps were Falun Gong
members. And that is so frightening, because none of these people were ever given the benefit of a trial. They were never charged."
Please watch these web sites for the updated information about Organ Harvesting in China:
The International Coalition to End Organ Pillaging in China:
Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting: